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By Noelle Plack

fresh revisionist historical past has wondered the measure of social and monetary swap brought on by the French Revolution. a few historians have additionally claimed that the Revolution used to be essentially an city affair with little relevance to the agricultural lots. This publication assessments those principles through reading the progressive, Napoleonic and recovery makes an attempt to rework the tenure of communal land in a single sector of southern France; the dep. of the Gard. via analysing the result of the legislative makes an attempt to denationalise universal land, this examine highlights how the Revolution's agrarian coverage profoundly affected French rural society and the economic climate. not just did a few individuals of the agricultural group, mostly small-holding peasants, raise their land holdings, yet definite sectors of agriculture have been additionally reworked; those findings make clear the expansion in viticulture within the south of France earlier than the monocultural revolution of the 1850s. The privatization of universal land, along the abolition of feudalism and the transformation of judicial associations, have been key points of the Revolution within the geographical region. This targeted examine demonstrates that the legislative approach used to be now not a top-down method, yet an interplay among a nation and its electorate. it really is a major contribution to the recent social historical past of the French Revolution and should entice financial and social historians, in addition to old geographers.

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