This essential overview for history students and general readers introduces and analyses the dynamics and relationships of the various social groups or classes of 19th century France - the nobility, bourgeoisie, elites, middle classes, and petty bourgeoisie. Professor Charles explores the hierarchies, cultural and economic influences, and the failures and successes of each social system. He integrates the many political, ideological and economic interpretations of the period - cited in a comprehensive bibliography - into a coherent and balanced contemporary view.
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About the Author
Christophe Charle is Professor of Contemporary History, Universit Paris I Translated from the French by Miriam Kochan
Table of Contents
Part I: The Age of the Notables or Unattainable Social Peace
- French Society circa 1815
- Notables, Educated Classes, Peasants and Proletariat
- Imperial Stabilisation and Society in Motion
Part II: The Emergence of a Democratic Society, 1870-1914
- A New Class: The Peasants
- Rural France and Peasant Societies
- Rise of the Middle Classe
- Old and New Elites
- The Working Classes: Dissent or Integration?
- The Ideal of a Democratic Society