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The French Revolution : An Economic Interpretation - Florin Aftalion

The French Revolution

An Economic Interpretation

Paperback Published: 21st May 1990
ISBN: 9780521368100
Number Of Pages: 248

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The economic history of revolutionary France is still a neglected area in studies of the revolution of 1789. While some attention has been given to the condition of the peasants, the urban working classes and the financial crisis of the Ancien Régime, there has been a general tendency to regard economic factors as external and somewhat peripheral to the truly political nature of the Revolution. This book is designed to redress the balance, providing a clear, accessible and thought-provoking guide to the economic background to the French Revolution. Professor Aftalion analyzes the policies followed by successive Revolutionary assemblies, examining in detail taxation, the confiscation of church property, the assignats, and the siege economy of the Terror. He shows how decisions taken in 1789 by the Constituent Assembly inevitably led to a deepening financial and economic crisis, and to increasingly radical and disastrous policies. The study is important also for its exposure of many of the economic fallacies propounded both by many Frenchmen at the time, and later by many modern historians.

List of figures
The fiscal crisis
The French economy at the end of the 'Ancien RTgime'
The 'assignats'
The finances of the Constituent Assembly
The rising cost of living, anarchy and war
The seizure of power by the Mountain
Economic dictatorship
'Dirigisme' in retreat
The French Revolution: economic considerations
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ISBN: 9780521368100
ISBN-10: 0521368103
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 21st May 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.67 x 13.89  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.3