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Urban Rivalries in the French Revolution - Ted W. Margadant

Urban Rivalries in the French Revolution

Paperback Published: 13th September 1992
ISBN: 9780691008912
Number Of Pages: 528

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The reordering of France into a new hierarchy of administrative and judicial regions in 1791 unleashed an intense rivalry among small towns for seats of authority, while raising vital issues for the vast majority of the French population. Here Ted Margadant tells a lively story of the process of politicization: magistrates, lawyers, merchants, and other townspeople who petitioned the National Assembly not only boasted of their own communities and denigrated rival towns, but also adopted revolutionary slogans and disseminated new political ideas and practices throughout the countryside. The history of this movement offers a unique vantage point for analyzing the regional context of town life and the political dynamics of bourgeois leadership during the French Revolution. Margadant explores the institutional crisis of the old regime that brought about the reordering, considers the rhetoric and politics of space in the first year of the Revolution, and examines the fate of small towns whose districts and law courts were suppressed. Combining descriptive narrative with statistical analysis and computer mapping, he reveals the important consequences of the new hierarchy for the urban development of France in the post-Revolutionary era.

List of Maps
List of Tables
Introductionp. 3
The Institutional Crisis of the Old Regime
Towns and the Old Regimep. 21
The New Division of the Kingdomp. 84
Urban Crisis and Bourgeois Ambitionp. 111
The Rhetoric and Politics of Space
The Rhetoric of Contentionp. 145
The Politics of Parochialismp. 178
Urban Rivalries and the Formation of Departmentsp. 220
Disputes over the Seats of Departmentsp. 257
The Struggle for Districts and Tribunalsp. 287
The Fate of Small Towns
Judicial Reform and the Politicization of Urban Rivalriesp. 327
The New Urban Hierarchyp. 368
The French Revolution and Urban Growth in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 396
Conclusionp. 442
Statistical Proceduresp. 457
Population Size Estimates and Institutional Characteristics of Major Townsp. 463
Bibliographyp. 467
Index of Place Namesp. 487
General Indexp. 499
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ISBN: 9780691008912
ISBN-10: 0691008914
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 13th September 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.37  x 3.38
Weight (kg): 0.85