Classes, Estates and Order in Early-modern Brittany

Classes, Estates and Order in Early-modern Brittany

By (author) James B. Collins , Series edited by John Elliott , Series edited by Olwen Hufton , Series edited by H. G. Koenigsberger , Series edited by H.M. Scott

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This 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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  • Paperback | 332 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 18.8mm | 489.89g
  • 01 Feb 2003
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0521533147
  • 9780521533140

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