Fraternity among the French Peasantry: Sociability and Voluntary Associations in the Loire Valley, 1815-1914 by Alan R. H. BakerFraternity among the French Peasantry: Sociability and Voluntary Associations in the Loire Valley, 1815-1914 by Alan R. H. Baker

Fraternity among the French Peasantry: Sociability and Voluntary Associations in the Loire Valley…

byAlan R. H. BakerEditorRichard Dennis

Paperback | March 18, 2004

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Using meticulous archival research, Alan Baker challenges the orthodox portrayal of nineteenth-century French peasants as individualists and examines the extent to which they both continued with traditional forms of community action and developed new forms of collective action. More specifically, he examines the development and spread of voluntary associations in Loir-et-Cher, on the southwestern margin of the Paris Basin. He focuses on associations aimed at reducing risk and uncertainty (mainly livestock insurance associations, mutual aid societies, and volunteer fire brigades), and on associations intended to provide agricultural protection.
Title:Fraternity among the French Peasantry: Sociability and Voluntary Associations in the Loire Valley…Format:PaperbackDimensions:396 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.87 inPublished:March 18, 2004Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521602718

ISBN - 13:9780521602716

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Peasants and peasantry in nineteenth-century France; 2. The theory and practice of fraternal association in nineteenth-century France; 3. Loir-et-Cher during the nineteenth century: period, place and people; 4. Insurance societies; 5. Mutual aid societies; 6. Fire-fighting Corps; 7. Anti-Phylloxera syndicates; 8. Agricultural associations; 9. Synthesis: conclusions, comparisons and conjectures.

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"This is an impressive volume, both from the perspective of political geography and economic and social history... a triumph of scholarly endeavor and perseverance. Baker's search is immaculate, and the empirical findings are lucidly presented...this book makes a welcome contribution...from an economic and social perspective...in its scholarly and stimulating responses to the various 'myths' about the French peasantry, this fine piece of research indeed demonstrates precisely the opposite." The Journal of Modern History