Becoming Bourgeois: Love, Kinship, and Power in Provincial France, 1670-1880 by Christopher H. JohnsonBecoming Bourgeois: Love, Kinship, and Power in Provincial France, 1670-1880 by Christopher H. Johnson

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

byChristopher H. Johnson

Hardcover | September 22, 2015

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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 soirées, 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.

Christopher H. Johnson is Professor of History Emeritus at Wayne State University. He is the author of Utopian Communism in France, The Life and Death of Industrial Languedoc, 1700–1920, and Maurice Sugar, and is the coeditor most recently of Blood and Kinship.
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Title:Becoming Bourgeois: Love, Kinship, and Power in Provincial France, 1670-1880Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:September 22, 2015Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Correspondence and Its Limits
Kinship, Class, Sociability, and the Interior History of the Bourgeoisie
Love, Interest, and the Sibling Archipelago
Gender

PART 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 Adèle"
Fulfillment and the Firstborn
Establishment: A Joint Venture
Public Service

CHAPTER 6. Notre Adèle
Settling In
The Great Crisis
Affairs Military and Domestic
Living Class

CHAPTER 7. Guadeloupe

CHAPTER 8. The Chosen: Educating René
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: Adèle,
femme politique
Fulfillment: René Wed

CHAPTER 10. The Legacy: Bourgeois Nation Building and Civic Leadership
Nation Building by Kinship
Civic Leadership
The National Stage: Combating
le Bretonisme

Bibliographical Notes
Index

Editorial Reviews

"This is the book I have been waiting for for a long time. It finally puts real 'flesh on the genealogical bones.' It is not only the best place to go to understand the family and kinship dynamics of nineteenth-century Europe, but it is also a good read in itself: elegant, gripping, and moving. Through a long and productive scholarly career, Christopher H. Johnson has been honing his considerable skills to arrive at a major work of cultural and social synthesis with a fine feel for detail and a sovereign grasp of the most salient issues of current historical research. This book will not disappear into the maelstrom of academic publishing but will establish itself quickly as a classic and will continue to be read and influence research for several generations to come."—David Warren Sabean, Henry J. Brumen Endowed Professor of German History, UCLA, author of Kinship in Neckarhausen, 1700–1870