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The New Regime : Transformations of the French Civic Order, 1789-1820s - Isser Woloch

The New Regime

Transformations of the French Civic Order, 1789-1820s

By: Isser Woloch, Louis-Leopold Boilly (Illustrator)


Published: 1st November 1995
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Confident that they had broken with a discredited past, French revolutionaries after 1789 referred to pre-revolutionary times as the ancien regime (old regime). The National Assembly proclaimed the sovereignty of the people, grasping the reins of power and asserting the supremacy of law over all other interests. Even as the liberalism of 1789 collapsed into the Terror and then into the Napoleonic dictatorship, a new regime emerged at the juncture of state and civil society. The cycles of recrimination, hatred, and endemic local conflict unleashed by the Terror did not obliterate this new civic order. In this fascinating and wide-ranging study of three turbulent decades in French history, the eminent historian Isser Woloch examines some large questions: How did the French civic order change after 1789? What civic values animated the new regime; what policies did it adopt? What institutions did it establish, and how did they fare when carried into practice? Drawing on a variety of archival sources, Professor Woloch explains shifts in lawmaking and local authority, state intervention in village life, the creation of public primary schools, experiments in public assistance, a cycle of changes in the mechanisms of civil justice, the introduction of felony trials, and above all the imposition of military conscription.

List of Tables, Maps, and Illustrationsp. 11
Prefacep. 13
Lawmaking and Local Authorityp. 21
Political Participation: The First Wavesp. 60
Political Participation: The Denouementp. 95
Integrating the Villagesp. 113
State Intervention in Village Life: Budgets, Policing, and Roadsp. 144
Primary Education: Creating Public Schoolsp. 173
Primary Education: Retreat and Consolidationp. 208
The Rise and Fall of Revolutionary Bienfaisancep. 237
Durable Themes: The Repression of Begging; Philanthropy and Self-Helpp. 266
Civil Justice: Tribunals and Magistratesp. 297
The Legal Professions in Questionp. 321
Trial by Juryp. 355
Conscriptionp. 380
Reflectionsp. 427
Acknowledgmentsp. 435
A Note on Sourcesp. 437
Notesp. 441
Indexp. 521
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ISBN: 9780393313970
ISBN-10: 0393313972
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 540
Published: 1st November 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.52  x 3.53
Weight (kg): 0.75