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Nobles in Nineteenth-Century France

The Practice of Inegalitarianism

David Higgs

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Originally published in 1987. David Higgs's Nobles in Nineteenth-Century France: The Practice of Inegalitarianism provides a history of the nobility against the backdrop of changing French political conditions following the French Revolution. Since Jean Juarès, the influential historian of the French Revolution, many writers have argued that the French Revolution marked the political triumph of a capitalist bourgeoisie over a landed aristocracy. However, beginning with Alfred Cobban, some historians began to question this account by focusing on the continued presence of the nobility in France…

Originally published in 1987. David Higgs's Nobles in Nineteenth-Century France: The Practice of Inegalitarianism provides a history of the nobility against the backdrop of changing French political conditions following the French Revolution. Since Jean Juarès, the influential historian of the French Revolution, many writers have argued that the French Revolution marked the political triumph of a capitalist bourgeoisie over a landed aristocracy. However, beginning with Alfred Cobban, some historians began to question this account by focusing on the continued presence of the nobility in France. This book contributes to this body of work by giving a panorama of the French nobility and three detailed case studies of noble families; the author then concludes with an examination of the nobility in political life, the church, and the private sphere. Professor Higgs finds that French nobles changed with their century, but given their small numbers in the national population, they maintained a grossly disproportionate presence in politics, in culture, among the wealthiest landowners, and in economic life.

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314
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9781421432090
Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Note to the Reader
Chapter 1. The Number of Nobles
Chapter 2. Noble Landholders
Chapter 3. Three Family Profiles, 1800-1870
Chapter 4. Noble

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Note to the Reader
Chapter 1. The Number of Nobles
Chapter 2. Noble Landholders
Chapter 3. Three Family Profiles, 1800-1870
Chapter 4. Noble Wealth
Chapter 5. Nobles and Politics
Chapter 6. Nobles and Religion
Chapter 7. The Noble Family
Conclusion
Appendix 1. The Tax Load of French Departments, 1831
Appendix 2. The Marriage Contract between Charles François Armand de Maillé de la Tour Landry and Blanche-Joséphine Le Bascle d'Argenteuil, 1809
Appendix 3. The Will of Alexandre-Charles-Marie-Ernest de Canouville, 1861
Note on Sources
Notes
Glossary
Index

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David Higgs

David Higgs was a professor of history at the University of Toronto. He specialized in social history, political history, queer studies, and cultural history in the Atlantic world. He also authored Ultraroyalism in Toulouse: From Its Origins to the Revolution of 1830.