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The Crisis of the Absolute MonarchyFrance from Old Regime to Revolution$
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Julian Swann and Joël Félix

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265383

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265383.001.0001

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The Making of a Bourgeois Identity? Urban Histories and their Historians in Eighteenth-Century France*

The Making of a Bourgeois Identity? Urban Histories and their Historians in Eighteenth-Century France*

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(p.291) 15 The Making of a Bourgeois Identity? Urban Histories and their Historians in Eighteenth-Century France*
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The Crisis of the Absolute Monarchy
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Clarisse Coulomb

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265383.003.0015

Some historians claim that there was no middle-class consciousness in prerevolutionary France. Nevertheless, it was during the eighteenth century that the genre of municipal history reached its apogee with the publication of around one hundred studies. The pretension of the nobility to embody national freedoms, the debates about commerce and luxury and about patriotism led to the formation of a bourgeois consciousness and collective identity founded on historical arguments: the ideal of the bourgeoisie as a liberating force against the despotism of nobility was already in place before the Revolution. Local history was a political schooling which could explain the demands of community assemblies, in 1788, in favour of doubling the Third Estate's representation within the Estates General.

Keywords:   anti-nobilism, bourgeois identity, commerce, middle-class consciousness, municipal history

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