The Abolition of Feudalism
published by Pennsylvania State University Press
Winner of: The David Pinkney Prize in French history of the Society for
French Historical Studies
Co-Winner of: The Alan Sharlin Prize of the Social Science History Association
Winner of: The Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award of the American Sociological Association
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In 1789 and beyond, the people of the French countryside organized thousands of attacks on the rights that France's rural lords had held for centuries. The new revolutionary legislatures issued a large number of new laws reorganizing social relations in the French countryside. This book shows how the actions of insurrectionary villagers and the edicts of revolutionary legislators constituted a dialogue in which each responded to the other, and together, remade rural France.