Fraternity Among the French Peasantry
Sociability and Voluntary Associations in the Loire Valley, 1815-1914
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Fraternity Among the French Peasantry by Alan R. H. Baker
Book DescriptionThe individualism of the French peasantry during the nineteenth century has frequently been asserted as one of its most striking characteristics. In this 1999 book, Alan Baker challenges this orthodox view and demonstrates the extent to which peasants continued with traditional, and developed new, forms of collective action. He examines representations of the peasantry and discusses the discourse of fraternity in nineteenth-century France in general before considering specifically the historical development, geographical diffusion and changing functions of fraternal voluntary associations in Loir-et-Cher between 1815 and 1914. Alan Baker focuses principally upon associations aimed at reducing risk and uncertainty and upon associations intended to provide agricultural protection. A wide range of new voluntary associations were established in Loir-et-Cher - and indeed throughout rural France - during the nineteenth century. Their historical geography throws new light upon the sociability, upon the changing mentalites, of French peasants, and upon the role of fraternal associations in their struggle for survival.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521602716
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alan R. H. Baker
Explorations in Historical Geography, Paperback (February 2011)
This interdisciplinary 1984 volume extends the debate about the purpose and practice of historical geography.
Period and Place, Paperback (February 2011)
This 1982 volume of essays attempts to promote discussion about the purpose and practice of historical geography.
Geographies of England, Paperback (December 2010)
This book examines the history of the concept of a North-South divide in England during the last millennium.
Peasants, Politicians and Producers, Paperback (February 2007)» View all books by Alan R. H. Baker
This book examines the social history and historical geography of the most important agricultural pressure groups in France since about 1918.
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