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Seminar Reading: Week 13

Political Economy and Economic Justice

Core primary readings


* Dupont de Nemours: Model Declaration of Rights, 1789 [first five articles, my translation]

* Decree of 29 August 1789 (my translation)

* Le Chapelier Law of 1791, in Baker, ORFR, p. 247-248.

* Barère on the Law of the Maximum of 1793, in Mason & Rizzo, FRDC, p. 238-240.

Core secondary readings

H. Arendt, On Revolution, ch 2, ‘The Social Question’ (course extracts)

J-P Hirsch, ‘Revolutionary France: Cradle of Free Enterprise’, American Historical Review 94:5 (1989)

Further readings

D. Acemoglu et al, ‘The Consequences of Radical Reform: The French Revolution’ (2009, working paper:

F. Aftalion, The French Revolution, an economic interpretation (1990)

T. Adams, Bureaucrats and Beggars: French Social Policy in the Age of Enlightenment (1990)

J. Bosher, French finances 1770-1795: from business to bureaucracy (1970)

G. Bossenga, The Politics of Privilege: Old Regime and Revolution in Lille (1991)

R. Cobb, The People's Army: The armées révolutionnaires: instrument of the Terror in the departments. April 1793 to Floréal Year II (1987)

C. Jones, The Charitable Imperative: Hospitals and Nursing in Ancien Régime and Revolutionary France (1989)

C. Jones & R. Spang, ‘Sans-culottes, sans-café, sans tabac: realms of necessity and luxury in eighteenth-century France’, in M. Berg & H. Clifford (eds), Consumers and Luxury: Consumer Culture in Europe, 1650-1850 (1999)

L. Cullen, ‘History, economic crises and revolution: understanding eighteenth-century France’, Economic History Review 46 (1993)

J. Farr, ‘Forum Issue: New Directions in French Economic History’, forum in French Historical Studies 23:3 (2000).

Alan Forrest, The French Revolution and the Poor (1981)

J. P. Gross, Fair Shares for All: Jacobin Egalitarianism in Practice (1997)

P. Hoffman et al., Priceless Markets: The Political Economy of Credit in Paris, 1660-1750 (2001)

J. Horn, The Path Not Taken: French Industrialization in the Age of Revolution (2006)

P. M. Jones, ‘The "Agrarian Law": Schemes for Land Redistribution during the French Revolution’, Past and Present 133 (1991), 96-133.

A. Kessler, A Revolution in Commerce: The Parisian Merchant Court and the Rise of Commercial Society in Eighteenth-century France (2007)

J. Livesey, Making Democracy in the French Revolution (2001)

J. Miller, Mastering the Market: The State and the Grain Trade in Northern France, 1700-1860 (1999)

A. Potofsky, Constructing Paris in the Age of Revolution (2009

T. Sargent, F. Velde, ‘Macroeconomic Features of the French Revolution’, Journal of Political Economy (1988)

J. Shovlin, The Political Economy of Virtue: luxury, patriotism, and the origins of the French Revolution (2006)

M. Sonenscher, Before the Deluge: Public Debt, Inequality, and the Intellectual Origins of the French Revolution (2007)

M. Sonenscher, Sans-Culottes: An Eighteenth-Century Emblem in the French Revolution (2008)

R. Spang, Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution (2015)

L. Vardi, The Land and the Loom: Peasants and Profits in Northern France, 1680-1800 (1993)

F. Velde and D. Weir, 'The Financial Market and Government Debt', Journal of Economic History 52 (1992), p. 1-39

C Walton, ‘Les grains de la discorde: Print, Public Spirit, and Free Market Politics in the French Revolution’, in Walton (ed.), Into Print: Limits and Legacies of the Enlightenment 2011)

C Walton, ‘Between Trust and Terror: Patriotic Giving in the French Revolution’, Andress (ed.), Oxford Handbook of the French Revolution (2015)

C. Walton, ‘Revolution and Redistribution: Reflections on France and Egypt’, Books and 

R. Whatmore, Adam Smith's Role in the French Revolution, Past and Present 175 (2002), 65-89.

E. N. White, ‘The French Revolution and the Politics of Government Finance, 1770-1815’, Journal of Economic History 55: 2 (1995), pp. 227-255.