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Fraternity among the French Peasantry : Sociability and Voluntary Associations in the Loire Valley, 1815-1914 - Alan R. H. Baker

Fraternity among the French Peasantry

Sociability and Voluntary Associations in the Loire Valley, 1815-1914


Published: 5th July 2004
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The individualism of the French peasantry during the nineteenth century has frequently been asserted as one of its most striking characteristics. Alan Baker challenges this orthodox view and demonstrates the extent to which peasants continued with traditional, and developed new, forms of collective action. He examines representations of the peasantry and discusses the discourse of fraternity in nineteenth-century France in general before considering specifically the historical development, geographical diffusion and changing functions of fraternal voluntary associations in Loir-et-Cher between 1815 and 1914. Alan Baker focuses principally upon associations aimed at reducing risk and uncertainty and upon associations intended to provide agricultural protection. A wide range of new voluntary associations were established in Loir-et-Cher - and indeed throughout rural France - during the nineteenth century. Their historical geography throws new light upon the sociability, upon the changing mentalites, of French peasants, and upon the role of fraternal associations in their struggle for survival.

'Without doubt, Baker has produced path-breaking work which demonstrates how voluntary associations 'were significant in shaping new ways of thinking and living, and important in refashioning social relationships''. Hugh Cloud, Economic History Review

Peasants and peasantry in nineteenth-century France
The theory and practice of fraternal association in nineteenth-century France
Loir-et-Cher during the nineteenth century: period, place and people
Insurance societies
Mutual aid societies
Fire-fighting Corps
Anti-Phylloxera syndicates
Agricultural associations
Synthesis: conclusions, comparisons and conjectures
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ISBN: 9780521602716
ISBN-10: 0521602718
Series: Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 396
Published: 5th July 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.58