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Labour, Science and Technology in France, 1500–1620

Labour, Science and Technology in France, 1500–1620


Part of Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History

  • Date Published: May 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521893800

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  • For a generation, the history of the ancien régime has been written from the perspective of the Annales school, with its emphasis on the role of long-term economic and cultural factors in shaping the development of early modern France. In this detailed 1995 study, Henry Heller challenges such a paradigm and assembles a huge range of information about technical innovation and ideas of improvement in sixteenth-century France. Emphasising the role of state intervention in the economy, the development of science and technology, and recent research into early modern proto-industrialisation, Heller counters notions of a France mired in an archaic, determinist mentalité. Despite the tides of religious fanaticism and seigneurial reaction, the period of the religious wars saw a surprising degree of economic, technological and scientific innovation, making possible the consolidation of capitalism in French society during the reign of Henri IV.

    • Deals with pre-seventeenth-century French industry, a virtually unknown area
    • Challenges prevailing Annales approach to French history
    • Reinterprets the age of the religious wars as much more progressive than previously thought
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    • Date Published: May 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521893800
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 157 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The expansion of Parisian merchant capital
    2. Labour in Paris in the sixteenth century
    3. Civil war and economic experiments
    4. Inventions and science in the reign of Charles IX
    5. Expropriation, technology and wage labour
    6. The Bourbon economic restoration
    7. Braudel, Le Roy Ladurie and the inertia of history.

  • Author

    Henry Heller, University of Manitoba, Canada

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