Becoming bourgeois : love, kinship, and power in provincial France, 1670-1880
- Christopher H. Johnson.
- English. In English.
- text file; PDF.
- Ithaca ; London : Cornell University Press, 2015.
- Physical description
- 1 online resource
- Johnson, Christopher H., author.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Introduction Correspondence and Its Limits Kinship, Class, Sociability, and the Interior History of the Bourgeoisie Love, Interest, and the Sibling Archipelago GenderPART I. THE ASCENT (1670-1800)
- CHAPTER 1. The Way of Print Talent and Marriage Cultural Capital Printers, Intellectuals
- CHAPTER 2. Bourgeois de Vannes, Bourgeois de Paris Kinsmen (and Women) to the Rescue: The Saga of Jean-Nicolas Galles Kin and Connection in the Book Trade Love and Agony in Paris
- CHAPTER 3. The Revolutions of the Galles Economic Establishment: Veuve Galles and the Articulation of Power Expanding Horizons Cultural Leadership and Bourgeois Ascent Political Establishment: Three Families Merge Surviving the French Revolution (If Not Childbed Fever)PART II. BOURGEOIS CULTURE (1800-1880)
- CHAPTER 4. The Sibling Archipelago Talented Royalists Accommodate Bonaparte A New Generation and a Renewed Polity A Sibling Courtship Cousin Marriage and the Political Integration of Vannes's Bourgeoisie
- CHAPTER 5. "Mon Adele" Fulfillment and the Firstborn Establishment: A Joint Venture Public Service
- CHAPTER 6. Notre Adele Settling In The Great Crisis Affairs Military and Domestic Living Class
- CHAPTER 7. Guadeloupe
- CHAPTER 8. The Chosen: Educating Rene Pont Sal Exile and Redemption: A Mother's Will Family Matters
- CHAPTER 9. Into the World La vie d'un polytechnicien breton Aunt Marie: Power and Betrayal The Kinship Elite Career and Guidance Weathering Revolution, Again: Adele, femme politique Fulfillment: Rene Wed
- CHAPTER 10. The Legacy: Bourgeois Nation Building and Civic Leadership Nation Building by Kinship Civic Leadership The National Stage: Combating le BretonismeBibliographical Notes Index.
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Becoming Bourgeois traces the fortunes of three French families in the municipality of Vannes, in Brittany-Galles, Jollivet, and Le Ridant-who rose to prominence in publishing, law, the military, public administration, and intellectual pursuits over the course of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Revisiting complex issues of bourgeois class formation from the perspective of the interior lives of families, Christopher H. Johnson argues that the most durable and socially advantageous links forging bourgeois ascent were those of kinship. Economic success, though certainly derived from the virtues of hard work and intelligent management, was always underpinned by marriage strategies and the diligent intervention of influential family members.Johnson's examination of hundreds of personal letters opens up a whole world: the vicissitudes of courtship; the centrality of marriage; the depths of conjugal love; the routines of pregnancy and the drama of childbirth; the practices of child rearing and education; the powerful place of siblings; the role of kin in advancing the next generation; tragedy and deaths; the enormous contributions of women in all aspects of becoming bourgeois; and the pleasures of gathering together in intimate soirees, grand balls, country houses, and civic and political organizations. Family love bound it all together, and this is ultimately what this book is about, as four generations of rather ordinary provincial people capture our hearts.
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- France > Social conditions > 19th century.
- France > Social conditions > 18th century.
- Middle class > France > History > 19th century.
- Middle class > France > History > 18th century.
- Families > France.
- HISTORY > Europe > France.
- Middle class.
- Social conditions.
- Publication date
- 9781501701290 (electronic bk.)
- 1501701290 (electronic bk.)