The Fruits of Revolution: Property Rights, Litigation and French Agriculture, 1700–1860

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-19
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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In The Fruits of Revolution Jean-Laurent Rosenthal investigates two central questions in French economic history: To what extent did institutions hold back agricultural development under the Old Regime, and did reforms carried out during the French Revolution significantly improve the structure of property rights in agriculture? Both questions have been the subject of much debate. Historians have touched on them in a number of local studies, yet usually they have been more concerned with community conflict than with economic development. Economists generally have researched the performance of the French economy without paying much attention to the impact of institutions on specific areas of the economy. This book attempts to utilize the best of both approaches: It focuses on broad questions of economic change, yet it is based on detailed archival investigations of the impact of property rights on water control.

Table of Contents

List of tables, figures, and maps
Series editors' preface
History And Economics
The French Revolution and French economic history
Institutions and economic growth
Drainage and Irrigation
A survey of water control projects
Relative prices and the supply of water control
Drainage in the Pays d'Auge, 1700-1848: the weight of uncertain property rights
The development of irrigation in Provence, 1700-1860: the French Revolution and economic growth
Property Rights and Litigation under Absolutism
The weaknesses of monopoly power
Settlement, litigation, and the drainage of marshes in England and France, 1600-1840
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