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Aristocratic families in republican France, 1870-1940 / Elizabeth C. MacKnight.

Author/Creator:
MacKnight, Elizabeth C.
Publication:
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press, 2012.
Series:
Studies in modern French history.
Studies in modern French history
Format/Description:
Book
xii, 252 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Subjects:
Aristocracy (Social class) -- France -- 19th century.
Aristocracy (Social class) -- France -- 20th century.
Nobility -- France -- History -- 20th century.
Summary:
This is a study of the daily life, concerns, and dynamics of aristocratic families in the France of the Third Republic. Elizabeth MacKnight draws on a vast range of material from private archives to contest assumptions about the irrelevancy of the nobility under the republican regime. Within a challenging political and economic environment nobles were determined to protect their interests and conserve the integrity of the aristocratic way of life. The convictions that underpinned nobles' responses to government initiatives emerge from the sources with freshness and clarity. Macknight interweaves male and female perspectives to provide a very full account of familial activities and decision-making with attention to all stages of the human lifecycle. Nobles' experiences of parenting and grandparenting, sibling and cousin relations, marriage, property negotiations, and interaction with servants are brought to light in a vivid and engaging narrative.
Notes:
Distributed in the United States exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9780719085017
0719085012
OCLC:
745332911
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