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Work and Revolution in France

Work and Revolution in France
The Language of Labor from the Old Regime to 1848

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  • Date Published: December 1980
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521299510

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  • Work and Revolution in France is particularly appropriate for students of French history interested in the crucial revolutions that took place in 1789, 1830, and 1848. Sewell has reconstructed the artisans' world from the corporate communities of the old regime, through the revolutions in 1789 and 1830, to the socialist experiments of 1848. Research has revealed that the most important class struggles took place in craft workshops, not in 'dark satanic mills'. In the 1830s and 1840s, workers combined the collectivism of the corporate guild tradition with the egalitarianism of the revolutionary tradition, producing a distinct artisan form of socialism and class consciousness that climaxed in the Parisian Revolution of 1848. The book follows artisans into their everyday experience of work, fellowship, and struggles and places their history in the context of wider political, economic, and social developments. Sewell analyzes the 'language of labor' in the broadest sense, dealing not only with what the workers and others wrote and said about labour but with the whole range of institutional conventions, economic practices, social struggles, ritual gestures, customs, and actions that gave the workers' world a comprehensive shape.

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    'This is one of the rare books that succeed in marrying ideas and events, respecting the autonomy of each, and examining their influence upon each other in a thoroughly convincing way. It's interest therefore transcends its immediate subject and it should appeal to anyone concerned about how things happen in history. At the same time it provides a lucid and original account of the evolution of the French urban worker artisan, through sans-culotte, to class-conscious proletarian … It is an important book that students are going to need - and enjoy - for a long time to come.' Norman Hampson, University of York

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    • Date Published: December 1980
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521299510
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction: social history and the language of labour
    2. Mechanical arts and the corporate idiom
    3. Journeymen's brotherhoods
    4. The abolition of privilege
    5. From gens de métier to sans-culottes
    6. A revolution in property
    7. Industrial society
    8. Workers' corporations
    9. The July revolution and the emergence of class consciousness
    10. The paradoxes of labour
    11. The revolution of 1848
    12. Conclusion: the dialectic of revolution
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    William H. Sewell, Jr, University of Arizona

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