Fraternity Among the French Peasantry: Sociability and Voluntary Associations in the Loire Valley, 1815 1914

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Februar 2004



Using meticulous archival research, Alan Baker challenges the orthodox portrayal of nineteenth-century French peasants as individualists and examines the extent to which they both continued with traditional forms of community action and developed new forms of collective action. More specifically, he examines the development and spread of voluntary associations in Loir-et-Cher, on the southwestern margin of the Paris Basin. He focuses on associations aimed at reducing risk and uncertainty (mainly livestock insurance associations, mutual aid societies, and volunteer fire brigades), and on associations intended to provide agricultural protection.


Preface; 1. Peasants and peasantry in nineteenth-century France; 2. The theory and practice of fraternal association in nineteenth-century France; 3. Loir-et-Cher during the nineteenth century: period, place and people; 4. Insurance societies; 5. Mutual aid societies; 6. Fire-fighting Corps; 7. Anti-Phylloxera syndicates; 8. Agricultural associations; 9. Synthesis: conclusions, comparisons and conjectures.


'Without doubt, Baker has produced path-breaking work which demonstrates how voluntary associations 'were significant in shaping new ways of thinking and living, and important in refashioning social relationships". Hugh Cloud, Economic History Review
EAN: 9780521602716
ISBN: 0521602718
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Historica'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2004
Seitenanzahl: 396 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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