Revolution in the House : Family, Class, and Inheritance in Southern France, 1775-1825

By: Darrow, Margaret HMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPrinceton Legacy Library: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (0 p.)ISBN: 9781400860340Subject(s): Families -- France -- Montauban (Tarn-et-Garonne) -- History | France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Influence | Inheritance and succession -- France -- Montauban (Tarn-et-Garonne) -- History | Montauban (Tarn-et-Garonne, France) -- HistoryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Revolution in the House : Family, Class, and Inheritance in Southern France, 1775-1825DDC classification: 944.75 LOC classification: DC801.M76 -- D37 1989ebOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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A generation steeped in Rousseau quite understandably devoted much attention to family politics. Three years after the seizure of the Bastille, mere weeks after the execution of Louis XVI, the French assembly began consideration of legislation that would make equal inheritance compulsory throughout France. Equal inheritance would eliminate regional legal variations that had permitted a patrimony to pass from one generation to the next largely intact, an apparent affirmation--unconscionable in revolutionary republican France--of the discredited principles underlying monarchical dynastic succession. Equal inheritance became law in 1794, but did it shape egalitarian families? Darrow has studies the southwestern town of Montauban to show how the answer varied according to the size and nature of the patrimony among families of elite, artisan, and peasant origins. In any event, the revolutionary abolition of patrimony in public office and the abrupt collapse of Montauban's industry and commerce influenced family strategies as much as equal inheritance, at least for the generations Darrow has chosen to study (1775-1825). A model local study. University libraries. -R. A. Jonas, University of Washington

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