By Pamela M. Pilbeam (auth.)

This ebook explores the character and scope of the 1830 French revolution. contemporary advancements within the learn of background and on the earth have performed a lot to overturn tested principles, either one of marxists who believed all revolutions resulted in socialism, and of liberals who feared violence, yet who assumed democracy might triumph. Wedged among the revolutions of 1789 and 1848, the writer asks used to be 1830 a minor bourgeois Parisian occasion? even though politically avoidable, Dr Pilbeam demonstrates that socially it was once a part of a long-running fight of peasants and artisans to maintain their approach of life.

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Although liberalism embraced all but the most remote and poor departments by 1830, it had most appeal in the main industrial areas, Paris, of course, and the east and the north-east. The Haut-Rhin, Meuse, Bas-Rhin and Vosges were the most liberal departments in 1829. 8 We shall consider the relationship between the economic depression and the opposition of both notables and the less well off with particular, though not exclusive, reference to those departments in northern and eastern France, including the most industrially progressive areas outside Paris.

17 The more remote departments, which often were those most in need of supplementary grain supplies, experienced the biggest price rises. In the spring of 1829, when problems were particularly acute, the prefect in the Eure demanded an increase in the local garrison to protect grain routes into Brittany. 18 Panic could arise even where there was no actual shortage. The succession of poor harvests led to fears of dearth and price rises, even when supplies for the whole country The Economic Crisis and the Revolution 41 may have been adequate.

This was partially achieved in 1825 by the floating of a state loan. The loan was regarded with a mixture of resentment and suspicion by the new owners of biens nationaux, who argued that the legislation called into question the legitimacy of their own titles to property. Opposition to the law of indemnification of the emigres helped to identify and unite liberal opposition to the Villele government. Thus, early nineteenth-century liberal attitudes emerged gradually out of a multiplicity of components.

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