Aristocratic Families in Republican France, 1870-1940

Elizabeth C Macknight

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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. This book will be welcomed by students and scholars in French history, the history of emotions, French literature, gender studies, historical demography, and family law.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages272
ISBN (Print)9780719085017
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2012


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