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The Peasantry in the French Revolution

By: Jones, P. M. (University of Birmingham)

052133716X / 9780521337168
Paperback / softback
944.04
13/10/1988
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United Kingdom
152 x 228 mm, 540 grams 328 pages, 6 Tables, unspecified; 17 Maps; 5 Halftones, unspecified
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This book fills a gap in the literature on the French Revolution, and offers a synthesis which brings together the fruits of two generations' research in the field of French rural and agrarian history.

The contention of Georges Lefebvre (the greatest authority on eighteenth-century rural history) that the peasantry occupied the centre-stage during the early years of the Revolution is vindicated with the support of fresh evidence culled from local and national archives, unpublished theses and little-known printed sources.

Lefebvre's subsidiary argument, that peasant participation in the Revolution ran counter to its main capitalist thrust, receives a more qualified endorsement.

The hook also offers a comprehensive survey of the fortunes of country dwellers from the end of the ancien regime until the advent of Napoleon.

Chapters are arranged both chronologically and thematically to provide a complete history of the Revolution as experienced at 'grass-roots'.

BIC:

3JF c 1700 to c 1800, 3JH c 1800 to c 1900, HBJD European history, HBLL Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900

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