387 MODERNISATION, THE STATE, AND SOCIETY MAARTEN PRAK University of Utrecht Collins, James B., The State in Early Modern France; New Approaches to European History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995), xxxiv + 280 pp. £30/$49.95 ISBN 0 521 38284 X; £10.95/$15.95 ISBN 0521 38724 8 (paper) 't Hart, Marjolein C., The Making of a Bourgeois State: War, Politics, and Finance during the Dutch Revolt (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 1993), xxi + 238 pp. £40 ISBN 07190 3807 3 Wienfort, Monika, Monarchie in der bürgerlichen Gesellschaft: Deutschland und England von 1640 bis 1848; Bügertum, vol. 4 (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1993), 275 pp. DM68 ISBN 3 525 35669 2 (paper) Apart from culture in general, perhaps the most popular topic among European historians during the 1980s was the process of statemak- ing, from the Middle Ages down to our own day. The early modern European state proved to be particularly fertile as a field of research. The books by Collins, 't Hart, and Wienfort, although different in sub- ject, methodology, and execution, are all tied to that larger field, the first two explicitly so. They also share a common interest in the ques- tion that was
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