France in the Enlightenment / Edition 1

France in the Enlightenment / Edition 1

by Daniel Roche
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674001990

ISBN-13: 9780674001992

Pub. Date: 04/28/2000

Publisher: Harvard University Press

A panorama of a whole civilization, a world on the verge of cataclysm, unfolds in this magisterial work by the foremost historian of eighteenth-century France. Since Tocqueville's account of the Old Regime, historians have struggled to understand the social, cultural, and political intricacies of this efflorescence of French society before the Revolution. France

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A panorama of a whole civilization, a world on the verge of cataclysm, unfolds in this magisterial work by the foremost historian of eighteenth-century France. Since Tocqueville's account of the Old Regime, historians have struggled to understand the social, cultural, and political intricacies of this efflorescence of French society before the Revolution. France in the Enlightenment is a brilliant addition to this historical interest.

France in the Enlightenment brings the Old Regime to life by showing how its institutions operated and how they were understood by the people who worked within them. Daniel Roche begins with a map of space and time, depicting France as a mosaic of overlapping geographical units, with people and goods traversing it to the rhythms of everyday life. He fills this frame with the patterns of rural life, urban culture, and government institutions. Here as never before we see the eighteenth-century French "culture of appearances": the organization of social life, the diffusion of ideas, the accoutrements of ordinary people in the folkways of ordinary living--their food and clothing, living quarters, reading material. Roche shows us the eighteenth-century France of the peasant, the merchant, the noble, the King, from Paris to the provinces, from the public space to the private home.

By placing politics and material culture at the heart of historical change, Roche captures the complexity and depth of the Enlightenment. From the finest detail to the widest view, from the isolated event to the sweeping trend, his masterly book offers an unparalleled picture of a society in motion, flush with the transformation that will be its own demise.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674001992
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Series:
Harvard Historical Studies Series, #130
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
736
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 9.17(h) x 1.43(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

I. Times, Spaces, Powers

1. Knowing France

2. Mastery of Space

3. Time and History

4. Peasant France and Merchant France

5. The Kingdom of Exchange: The Culture of Privilege and the Culture of Commerce

6. The City, Crucible of Change

7. The Regulated Kingdom: Paris and the Provinces

II. Powers and Conflicts

8. The King and His Subjects

9. The King and the People

10. The End of Rebellion

11. God, the King, and the Churches

12. Elites and Nobilities

13. Public Space

14. Crises in State and Society

III. Enlightenment and Society

15. Life Triumphant

16. The Liberties of Individuals

17. Consumption and Appearance

18. Desacralization, Secularization, Illuminism

19. Materializing the Intelligence, Abstracting Things

20. Paris, Capital of the Enlightenment

Notes

Index

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