In the history of France
, the phrase ancien régime
: old régime
or old order
) commonly refers to the social
system established in France
under the old absolute monarchy
, subsequently swept away by the French Revolution
with the fall of Louis XVI
The phrase generally applies to France, for no other country, with perhaps the exception of Japan, has had in modern times so clearly marked a division between "the old order" and the new.
Stub text from 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica. Please update as needed.