Lawyers and Citizens: The Making of a Political Elite in Old Regime France / Edition 1

Lawyers and Citizens: The Making of a Political Elite in Old Regime France / Edition 1

by David Avrom Bell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195076702

ISBN-13: 9780195076707

Pub. Date: 04/28/1994

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

David Bell's new book traces the development of the French legal profession between the reign of Louis XIV and the French Revolution, showing how lawyers influenced, and were influenced by, the period's passionate political and religious conflicts. Bell analyzes how these key "middling" figures in French society were transformed from the institutional

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David Bell's new book traces the development of the French legal profession between the reign of Louis XIV and the French Revolution, showing how lawyers influenced, and were influenced by, the period's passionate political and religious conflicts. Bell analyzes how these key "middling" figures in French society were transformed from the institutional technicians of absolute monarchy into the self-appointed "voices of public opinion," and leaders of opposition political journalism. He describes the birth of an independent legal profession in the late seventeenth century, its alienation from the monarchy under the pressure of religious disputes in the early eighteenth century, and its transformation into a standard-bearer of "enlightened" opinion in the decades before the Revolution. His work illuminates the workings of politics under a theoretically absolute monarchy, and the importance of long-standing constitutional debates for the ideological origins of the Revolution. It also sheds new light on the development of the modern professions, and of the middle classes in France.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195076707
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/1994
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.95(d)
Lexile:
1650L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
1The World of the Law21
2Building an Independent Profession41
3"A Sort of Absolutely Independent Little Republic at the Center of the State"67
4The Seminary of Publicists105
5The Profession Transformed129
6The Vanguard of Reform164
Conclusion195
Notes217
Bibliographical Note271
Index273

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