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The economic history of revolutionary France is still a neglected area in studies of the revolution of 1789. While some attention has been given to the condition of the peasants, the urban working classes and the financial crisis of the Ancien Régime, there has been a general tendency to regard economic factors as external and somewhat peripheral to the truly political nature of the Revolution. This book is designed to redress the balance, providing a clear, accessible and thought-provoking guide to the economic background to the French Revolution. Professor Aftalion analyzes the policies followed by successive Revolutionary assemblies, examining in detail taxation, the confiscation of church property, the assignats, and the siege economy of the Terror. He shows how decisions taken in 1789 by the Constituent Assembly inevitably led to a deepening financial and economic crisis, and to increasingly radical and disastrous policies. The study is important also for its exposure of many of the economic fallacies propounded both by many Frenchmen at the time, and later by many modern historians.Read more
- Written by highly respected French authority
- Translated to a very high standard by Martin Thom of the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme
- The only text on the vitally important economic aspects of the French Revolution
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- Date Published: March 1990
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521368100
- length: 248 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.32kg
- contains: 7 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of figures
1. The fiscal crisis
2. The French economy at the end of the 'Ancien Régime'
4. The 'assignats'
5. The finances of the Constituent Assembly
6. The rising cost of living, anarchy and war
7. The seizure of power by the Mountain
8. Economic dictatorship
9. 'Dirigisme' in retreat
10. The French Revolution: economic considerations
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