By Peter McPhee
A spouse to the French Revolution includes twenty-nine newly-written essays reassessing the origins, improvement, and impression of this nice turning-point in glossy history.
• Examines the origins, improvement and impression of the French Revolution
• gains unique contributions from top historians, together with six essays translated from French.
• offers a wide-ranging review of present old debates at the revolution and destiny instructions in scholarship
• supplies both thorough remedy to either motives and results of the French Revolution
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He showed that the deputies were in fact overwhelmingly representatives of the non-noble officeholders and legal professions. Such men were often on the way to acquiring nobility, and they were not involved in the commercial and industrial capitalism that the Revolution was supposed to have benefited. Their long-term patterns of investment were the purchase of land and office, and many richer members of the Third Estate held seigneuries just like nobles. Much other research on social mobility under the ancien régime since then has tended to confirm the assessment of these notables of local society as belonging to families that had initially risen through larger-scale commerce but then abandoned trade in favor of investments in land and office (especially in the judiciary and royal finances) that brought them closer to the noble lifestyle.
L’Automne des gentilshommes: Noblesse d’Aquitaine, noblesse française au siècle des lumières. Paris: H. Champion. Ford, Franklin (1953). Robe and Sword: The Regrouping of the French Aristocracy after Louis XIV. : Harvard University Press. Forster, Robert (1960). The Nobility of Toulouse in the Eighteenth Century: A Social and Economic Study. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. Forster, Robert (1963). ” AHR, 68, 681–691. Foucault, Michel (1991). The Foucault Reader, ed. Paul Rabinow. London: Penguin Books.
It was time for a reassessment. The pioneer was Robert Forster, who initially studied the estate management practices of the nobility of Toulouse, then went on to consider other regions and a ducal family as well, the Sault-Tavannes (Forster 1960, 1963). He found the provincial nobles of Toulouse and other regions to be displaying attitudes to thrifty estate management and to the maximizing of landed revenue that Marxists claimed was a particular characteristic of the bourgeoisie rather than the nobility.
A Companion to the French Revolution by Peter McPhee