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Becoming Bourgeois: Love, Kinship, and Power in Provincial France, 1670-1880

Christopher H. Johnson


This book 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 in France from the perspective of the interior lives of families, the book 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 ha ... More

Keywords: kinship, Vannes, France, Brittany, bourgeois class formation, marriage, family, conjugal love

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780801453984
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801453984.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher H. Johnson, author
Professor of History Emeritus, Wayne State University