"Provincializing Global History" by James Gerard Livesey

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

Publication date:
11 Feb 2020
Yale University Press
232 pages: 235 x 156mm
7 b-w illus.

A micro-history of eighteenth-century systemic change that places ordinary French lives alongside global advances

This book explores the eighteenth-century modernization of the coastal province of Languedoc. Mining a wealth of archival sources, James Livesey unveils how provincial elites, peasant households, and local political institutions began to implement such changes as establishing a credit system and building networks of natural historians and agronomical innovators who introduced new plants and farm machinery to the region. These practices were gradually embedded in daily life and gave rise to connections between the province and the broader world.

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.