Compass of Society: Commerce and Absolutism in Old-Regime France [NOOK Book]

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Compass of Society rethinks the French route to a conception of 'commercial society' in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Henry C. Clark finds that the development of market liberalism, far from being a narrow and abstract ideological episode, was part of a broad-gauged attempt to address a number of perceived problems generic to Europe and particular to France during this period. In the end, he offers a neo-Tocquevillian account of a topic which Tocqueville himself notoriously underemphasized, namely the...
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Compass of Society: Commerce and Absolutism in Old-Regime France

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Overview

Compass of Society rethinks the French route to a conception of 'commercial society' in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Henry C. Clark finds that the development of market liberalism, far from being a narrow and abstract ideological episode, was part of a broad-gauged attempt to address a number of perceived problems generic to Europe and particular to France during this period. In the end, he offers a neo-Tocquevillian account of a topic which Tocqueville himself notoriously underemphasized, namely the emergence of elements of a modern economy in eighteenth century France and the place this development had in explaining the failure of the Old Regime and the onset of the Revolution. Compass of Society will aid in understanding the conflicted French engagement with liberalism even up to the twenty-first century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739153321
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 410
  • File size: 917 KB

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Henry C. Clark is a professor at Canisius College.
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Commerce and Cohesion in the Long Seventeenth Century
Chapter 2 Social Trust and Nascent Globalism: Commerce in Early Seventeenth-Century France
Chapter 3 Louis XIV and the Two Kinds of Trade
Chapter 4 Commerce, Government and History in the Age of Enlightenment
Chapter 5 Compass of Society: Commercial Sociability in France, 1715-40
Chapter 6 Corporatism, Nobility and the Spirit of Commerce, 1740-63
Chapter 7 Friend of French Mankind: Absolute Liberalism in the Physiocratic Moment
Chapter 8 Trust, Information, and the Grain Trade under Terray, 1770-74
Chapter 9 Local Knowledge, Local Reform: Turgot Towards a New Commercial Republicanism
Chapter 10 Luxury and Commercial Society on the Eve of the French Revolution
Chapter 11 The French Revolution and the Theory of Commercial Society: From Program to Philosophy
Chapter 12 Abbé Sieyès on the Commercial Roots of Representative Government
Chapter 13 Apostle of Moderation: Morellet on the French Revolution and Commercial Society
Chapter 14 Conclusion
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