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David Higgs's Nobles in Nineteenth-Century France: The Practice of Inegalitarianism provides a history of the nobility against the backdrop of changing French political conditions following the French Revolution. Since Jean Juarès, the influential historian of the French Revolution, many writers have argued that the French Revolution marked the political triumph of a capitalist bourgeoisie over a landed aristocracy. However, beginning with Alfred Cobban, some historians began to question this account by focusing on the continued presence of the nobility in France. This book contributes to this body of work by giving a panorama of the French nobility and three detailed case studies of noble families; the author then concludes with an examination of the nobility in political life, the church, and the private sphere. Professor Higgs finds that French nobles changed with their century, but given their small numbers in the national population, they maintained a grossly disproportionate presence in politics, in culture, among the wealthiest landowners, and in economic life.

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  1. Series Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Tables and Figures
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xvii
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  1. Note to the Reader
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  1. Half Title 1
  2. p. xxi
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  1. 1. The Number of Nobles
  2. pp. 1-32
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  1. 2. Noble Landholders
  2. pp. 33-69
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  1. 3. Three Family Profiles, 1800–1870
  2. pp. 70-101
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  1. 4. Noble Wealth
  2. pp. 102-129
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  1. 5. Nobles and Politics
  2. pp. 130-156
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  1. 6. Nobles and Religion
  2. pp. 157-175
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  1. 7. The Noble Family
  2. pp. 176-215
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 216-224
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  1. Appendix 1. The Tax Load of French Departments, 1831
  2. pp. 225-227
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  1. Appendix 2. The Marriage Contract between Charles-François-Armand de Maillé de la Tour Landry and Blanche-Joséphine Le Bascle d’Argenteuil, 1809
  2. pp. 228-233
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  1. Appendix 3. The Will of Alexandre-Charles-Marie-Ernest de Canouville, 1861
  2. pp. 234-236
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  1. Note on Sources
  2. pp. 237-240
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 241-272
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  1. Glossary
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421432083
Related ISBN
9781421432106
MARC Record
OCLC
1117480948
Launched on MUSE
2019-09-12
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
Funder
Mellon/NEH / Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions
Creative Commons
CC-BY-NC-ND
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