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    DescriptionThis book uses the Breton experience to address two fundamental historiographical issues: the meaning of absolutism and the nature of early-modern French society. It abandons the old framework that opposed orders to classes, and instead seeks to find the central meaning of the evolution of the French state in the maintenance of order (especially the preservation of property). Professor Collins's main purpose, illustrated by his fusion of economic, social and institutional approaches, is to combine social and political/institutional history, so long separated in works on this field. Contrary to much received wisdom, Professor Collins argues that absolutism was more facade than reality, and that French society was much more mobile than generally believed.

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    Classes, Estates and Order in Early-modern Brittany
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    By (author) James B. Collins
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    Format: Online resource
    ISBN 13: 9780511562587
    ISBN 10: 0511562586

    BIC subject category V2: HBLH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D, 1DDF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    BIC subject category V2: HBAH
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHAH
    Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
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    Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
    Publication date
    06 October 2009
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    Table of contents
    Introduction; 1. The Breton economy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; 2. Elements of Breton society; 3. Institutional structures of political control - financial and judicial organisation; 4. The Estates of Brittany and the Crown, 1532-1626: the Crown and the Pays d'Etats; 5. The Estates of Brittany and the Crown, 1626-1675; 6. The burden of Breton taxation; 7. The problem of order; Conclusion; Tabular appendices.