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Revolution and Environment in Southern France : Peasants, Lords, and Murder in the Corbieres 1780-1830 - Peter McPhee

Revolution and Environment in Southern France

Peasants, Lords, and Murder in the Corbieres 1780-1830

Hardcover Published: 1st September 1999
ISBN: 9780198207177
Number Of Pages: 288

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In the forty years after the Revolution of 1789, the peasants and former seigneurs of the isolated and arid region of the Corbières, Languedoc, fought a protracted battle over the consequences of revolutionary change. Central to this conflict was control of the rough hillsides or garrigues used as sheep pastures, which the poorer peasantry seized and cleared. This social conflict culminated in the murder of two nobles by a band of villagers in the aftermath of the Revolution of 1830. Professor McPhee's book highlights two significant new perspectives on the Revolution of 1789. First, the actions of poorer peasants in massive land-clearance occasioned an impassioned debate about the environmental consequences of uncontrolled tree-felling. Secondly, much of the cleared land was used for vineyards, suggesting the importance of far-reaching changes initiated by the poorest sections of the community.

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`Combining social, political, and environmental analysis with a final compelling tale, this book advances our understanding of the rural revolution in France on several fronts.' Journal of Inderdisciplinary History `The author's attention to the environmental dimensions of, and poignant debates about, land use make this a unique study' Journal of Inderdisciplinary History `creative and eminently readable' Agricultural History, Vol.75, No.2 (2001) `The book's broad coverage, and its astute linkage of local and national events, will certainly appeal to historians of the revolutionary era' Agricultural History, Vol.75, No.2 (2001) `cogently argued and thoroughly researched study.' Choice, Social and Behavioural Sciences, January 2000

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
'Cette Misérable Contrée': the Corbières In the 1780sp. 12
Vassaux Plus Puissants Que Des Rois'The Revolution of 1789-1790p. 40
Un Peu De Peur Bien Méritée'Peasant Revolution, 1790-1792p. 61
Je Verse Des Larmes De Sang': Defending The Revolution, 1793-1795p. 94
Cette Rage De Défricher': the Battle Over The Rural Environment, 1790-1800p. 121
L'Avidité De Jouir': Social Reaction And The War on the Clearers, 1800-1830p. 148
Une Véritable Fureur De Plantation'The Transformation of the Rural Economy, 1789-1830p. 175
Dur, Fier Et Ardent': Murder In Villesèque, 1830p. 205
Conclusion: Revolution and Memoryp. 232
Bibliographyp. 244
Indexp. 267
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ISBN: 9780198207177
ISBN-10: 0198207174
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st September 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 16.76  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.44