Provincializing Global History Money, Ideas, and Things in the Languedoc, 1680-1830 James Gerard Livesey

Publication date:
11 Feb 2020
Yale University Press
224 pages: 235 x 156 x 19mm
7 b-w illus.
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A microhistory of eighteenth-century systemic change that places ordinary French lives alongside global advances
Provincializing Global History explores the subtle transformation of the coastal province of the Languedoc in the eighteenth century. Mining a wealth of archival sources, James Livesey unveils how provincial elites and peasant households unwittingly created new practices. Managing local political institutions, establishing new credit systems, building networks of natural historians, and introducing new plants and farm machinery to the region opened up the inhabitants of the province to new norms and standards. The practices were gradually embedded in daily life and allowed the province to negotiate the new worlds of industrial society and capitalism.

James Livesey is professor of global history and dean of the School of Humanities at the University of Dundee in Scotland. He is the author of several books, including Making Democracy in the French Revolution and Civil Society and Empire.