The Peasantry in the French Revolution
By (author) P. M. Jones
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Peasantry in the French Revolution by P. M. Jones
Book DescriptionThis 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early years of the Revolution is vindicated with the support of fresh evidence culled from local and national archives, unpublished theses and little-known printed sources.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'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521330701
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Oct-1988
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author P. M. Jones
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This study attempts to fill a gap in the literature on the French Revolution. The contention of Georges Lefebvre (the greatest authority on 18th century rural history) that the peasantry occupied centre-stage during the early years of the Revolution is vindicated with fresh evidence.
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