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Publisher: Agricultural History Society

Issued date: 1993

Citation: Agricultural History, 1993, v. 67, n. 1, pp. 84-85

ISSN: 0022-0507

Keywords: Sociedad rural , Agricultura , Francia

Description:Este artículo reseña: Peasantry and Society in France since 1789. Cambridge and Paris:Editions de la Maisons des Sciences de IHomme and Cambridge UniversityPress, 1991





Author: Simpson, James

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Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Repositorio institucional e-Archivo http:--e-archivo.uc3m.es Departamento de Ciencias Sociales DCS - Reseñas bibliográficas 1993 Peasantry and Society in France since 1789 [book review] Simpson, James Agricultural History Society Agricultural History, 1993, v.
67, n.
1, pp.
84-85 http:--hdl.handle.net-10016-11250 Descargado de e-Archivo, repositorio institucional de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid , %RRN 5HYLHZV %RRN 5HYLHZ , Agricultural History, 67:1 (1993:Winter) p.78 84 agricultural history Peasantry and Society in France since 1789.
By Annie Moulin: translated from the French by M.
C.
and M.
F.
Cleary.
Cambridge and Paris: Editions de la Maisons des Sciences de IHomme and Cambridge University Press, 1991. France is perhaps the nation where the peasantry has been historically the most politically organized, and played the greatest role in shaping government policies.
As I write this, French farmers, who by 1987 produced just 4 percent of GDP and employed only 7 percent of the active work force, are seriously threatening talks on GATI, which makes the question of the peasantry- almost as topical for political writers as to the professional historian. Annie Moulin has contributed an immense service to historians in bringing together the most important of recent works on the French peasantry and presented them in this short and highly readable text (in fact, a translation of the authors Les Paysans dans la société fran~aise, Editions du Seuil, 1988).
Moulins peasants are more than just farmers, and a major success of the author is to present the economic, social, and political background to changes in agriculture, and to show that the peasantry itself was instrumental in determining the direction of change.
The breadth of this task, especially within such a slim volume, ensures that most specialists will be disappointed at sorne point or other but, despite the for once modest claim on the dust cover signalling...





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