Classes, Estates and Order in Early-Modern Brittany

Classes, Estates and Order in Early-Modern Brittany

by James B. Collins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521533147

ISBN-13: 9780521533140

Pub. Date: 01/30/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book uses the Breton experience to address two fundamental historiographical issues: the meaning of absolutism and the nature of early-modern French society. It abandons the old framework that opposed orders to classes, and instead seeks to find the central meaning of the evolution of the French state in the maintenance of order (especially the

Overview

This book uses the Breton experience to address two fundamental historiographical issues: the meaning of absolutism and the nature of early-modern French society. It abandons the old framework that opposed orders to classes, and instead seeks to find the central meaning of the evolution of the French state in the maintenance of order (especially the preservation of property). Professor Collins's main purpose, illustrated by his fusion of economic, social and institutional approaches, is to combine social and political/institutional history, so long separated in works on this field. Contrary to much received wisdom, Professor Collins argues that absolutism was more facade than reality, and that French society was much more mobile than generally believed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521533140
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/30/2003
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The Breton economy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; 2. Elements of Breton society; 3. Institutional structures of political control - financial and judicial organisation; 4. The Estates of Brittany and the Crown, 1532–1626: the Crown and the Pays d'Etats; 5. The Estates of Brittany and the Crown, 1626–1675; 6. The burden of Breton taxation; 7. The problem of order; Conclusion; Tabular appendices.

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