Bureaucrats and Bourgeois Society: Office Politics and Individual Credit in France 1789-1848

Hardcover | October 19, 2012

byR. Kingston

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Between 1789 and 1848, clerks modified their occupational practices, responding to political scrutiny and state-administration reforms. Ralph Kingston examines the lives and influence of bureaucrats inside and outside the office as they helped define nineteenth-century bourgeois social capital, ideals of emulation, honor, and masculinity.

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Between 1789 and 1848, clerks modified their occupational practices, responding to political scrutiny and state-administration reforms. Ralph Kingston examines the lives and influence of bureaucrats inside and outside the office as they helped define nineteenth-century bourgeois social capital, ideals of emulation, honor, and masculini...

RALPH KINGSTON is an assistant professor of History at Auburn University, USA. He previously held positions at Trinity College Dublin, and as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at University College London. His article, The Bricks and Mortar of Revolutionary Administration, published in French History, was awarded the SEASECS Percy...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:October 19, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230304311

ISBN - 13:9780230304314

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: 20,000 Fools: Inventing the 'Bureaucrat'
PART I: OFFICE POLITICS
A Revolution in Administration: The Theory and Practice of Government During the French Revolution
Revolutionary Time and Space: The Anxieties of Administrative 'Transparency'
Telling Tales: Collaboration, Career-making, and the Contest for Credit
PART II: BUREAUCRATS IN BOURGEOIS SOCIETY
Civil Servant, Civil Society: The Accumulation of 'Honour' in Bourgeois Society
Surrogate Fathers, Suitable Sons: Manufacturing 'Paternity' and Honourable Inheritance
The Social Politics of Bureaucracy: The 'Bureaucrat' as 'Bourgeois Type'
Coda & Conclusion: The Failure of 1848: Bourgeois Social Capital at the Crossroads
Note on Method and Sources and Select Bibliography
Endnotes
Index