A Social History of France 1789-1914 (2nd Revised edition)

A Social History of France 1789-1914 (2nd Revised edition)

By: Peter McPhee (author)Hardback

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This volume provides a lively and authoritative synthesis of recent work on the social history of France and is now thoroughly updated to cover the 'long nineteenth century' from 1789-1914. Peter McPhee offers both a readable narrative and a distinctive, coherent argument about this remarkable century and explores key themes such as: - peasant interaction with the environment - the changing experience of work and leisure - the nature of crime and protest - changing demographic patterns and family structures - the religious practices of workers and peasants - the ideology and internal repercussions of colonisation. At the core of this social history is the exercise and experience of 'social relations of power' - not only because in these years there were four periods of protracted upheaval, but also because the history of the workplace, of relations between women and men, adults and children, is all about human interaction. Stimulating and enjoyable to read, this indispensable introduction to nineteenth-century France will help readers to make sense of the often bewildering story of these years, while giving them a better understanding of what it meant to be an inhabitant of France during that turbulent time.

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PETER MCPHEE has held a Personal Chair in History at the University of Melbourne since 1993. He has published widely on the history of modern France.


List of maps and tables List of abbreviations Preface to second edition Introduction France in the 1780s The Revolutionary and Reconstruction of French Society, 1789-92 Republicanism and Counter-Revolution, 1792-5 The Consolidation of Post-Revolutionary Society, 1795-1815 The Social Consequences of the Revolution The World of Notables and Bourgeois, 1815-45 The World of Urban Working People, 1815-45 Rural Change and Continuity, 1815-45 The Mid-Century Crisis, 1846-52 The Transformation of Urban France, 1852-80 The Peak of Rural Civilization, 1852-80 The Social History of Ideas, 1850-80: 'The Moralization of the Masses'? The Republican Triumph and its Challenges, 1877-1914 Conclusion - plus ca change? Notes A Guide to Further Reading Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/11/2003
  • ISBN13: 9780333997505
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 368
  • ID: 9780333997505
  • weight: 662
  • ISBN10: 0333997506
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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