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The Abolition of Feudalism: Peasants, Lords, and Legislators in the French Revolution
     

The Abolition of Feudalism: Peasants, Lords, and Legislators in the French Revolution

by John Markoff
 

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One of the most important results of the French Revolution was the destruction of the old feudal order, which for centuries had kept the common people of the countryside subject to the lords. In this book John Markoff addresses the ways in which insurrectionary peasants and revolutionary legislators joined in bringing 'the time of the lords' to an end and how, in that

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One of the most important results of the French Revolution was the destruction of the old feudal order, which for centuries had kept the common people of the countryside subject to the lords. In this book John Markoff addresses the ways in which insurrectionary peasants and revolutionary legislators joined in bringing 'the time of the lords' to an end and how, in that ending, seigneurial rights came to be central to the very sense of the Revolution.

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The Abolition of Feudalism will become a sociological landmark. . . . Markoff recreates the temporal and spatial contexts within which Frenchmen acted with opportunism and idealism to make a revolution, whose contexts are illuminated in this wonderful book.”

—Richard Lachmann, Social Forces

“Only once in a great while does such a hugely important work emerge. This book, over twenty-five years in the making, relies on intimate acquaintance with the cahiers as well as an extremely thoughtful and careful understanding of an incredible range of scholarly works. . . . This work, rich in all regards, is one of those few books that anyone who wishes to understand the Revolution must read and absorb.”

—Jack R. Censer, Journal of Social History

“John Markoff has provided us with a sophisticated and scholarly but also highly accessible study of the revolutionary process in France between 1788 and 1793. . . . It is a major contribution to our understanding of patterns of peasant unrest and, more generally, insurrection and conflict within modernizing societies.”

British Journal of Sociology

“There is no book quite like this in the field. Even the French have not approached the peasant dimension of the French Revolution in this way. Markoff's use of the cahiers is a tour de force.”

—Robert Forster, The Johns Hopkins University

“Never have the attitudes of French peasants toward their burdens in and around 1789 been more thoroughly analyzed. Markoff's book will prove a landmark study for historians and sociologists alike.”

—William Doyle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271015385
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
01/09/1997
Pages:
708
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.66(d)
Lexile:
1560L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

John Markoff is Professor of Sociology and History at the University of Pittsburgh.

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