The Advent of Modern Capitalism in France, 1770-1840: The Contribution of Pierre-Frani'Aois Tubeuf

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This is the story of one of the most dynamic entrepreneurs in modern French history. Drawing upon a wealth of archival and private documentation. Lewis uncovers the history of Pierre-Francois Tubeuf and assesses his contribution to the development of industry in France. Lewis explores the relationship between seigneurial, proto-industrial, and modern forms of capitalism in the C?vennes region of southeastern France in the eighteenth century, and demonstrates the international scope of proto-industrialization. ...
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Overview


This is the story of one of the most dynamic entrepreneurs in modern French history. Drawing upon a wealth of archival and private documentation. Lewis uncovers the history of Pierre-Francois Tubeuf and assesses his contribution to the development of industry in France. Lewis explores the relationship between seigneurial, proto-industrial, and modern forms of capitalism in the Cévennes region of southeastern France in the eighteenth century, and demonstrates the international scope of proto-industrialization. This subtle and scholarly study seeks to unravel the complex problems associated with the impact of the French Revolution on the processes of modern French capitalism. Lewis traces the responses of a wide variety of individuals, including Tubeuf and his greatest rival, the maréchal de Castries. He examines the epic struggle of these two powerful men for control of the rich coal-mines of the region, and their legacy to succeeding generations.
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"Lewis is the first historian to mine the rich vein of the Tubeuf papers and those of Tubeuf's great rival, the marechal de Castries."--Journal of Economic History, March 1994

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198228950
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Edition description: Reprinted
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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University of Warwick
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Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: The Basses-Cevennes in the Mid-Eighteenth Century 1
1 Pierre-Francois Tubeuf and the Foundations of a Modern Coal-Mining Industry 18
2 The Marechal de Castries: Aristocrats and Protoindustrializers 55
3 The Impact of a Revolutionary Crisis 115
4 Revolution, Recession, and the Rights of Property-Owners 164
5 The Return of the Tubeufs: An Abortive 'Take-Off' 212
6 The Bourbon Restoration: 'Plus ca change...' 252
Conclusion: 1830: The Take-off 289
Bibliography 319
Index 333
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