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Privilege and the Politics of Taxation in Eighteenth-Century France: Liberté, Egalité, Fiscalité

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This book offers a lucid new interpretation of the Ancien Regime and the origins of the French Revolution. It examines what was arguably the most ambitious project of the eighteenth-century French monarchy: the attempt to impose direct taxes on formerly tax-exempt privileged elites. Drawing on impressive archival research, Michael Kwass demonstrates that the levy of these ...more
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published August 6th 2012 by Cambridge University Press (first published February 17th 2000)
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Kwass worries that the history of French political culture is at risk of losing "explanatory power" as it grows increasingly distant from social structure, institutions, and politics. In this study of eighteenth-century taxation, Kwass tries to bridge the growing gap between the histories of political culture and of practice. To keep the study manageable, he focuses on the role of taxation in the lives of the privileged. The crown's persistent efforts to tax the nobility, he writes, were a key f ...more
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