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The general states of Bourgogne: a provincial government in the Enlightenment era

Swann, Julian (2006) The general states of Bourgogne: a provincial government in the Enlightenment era. Revue d'histoire moderne et contemporaine 53 (2), pp. 35-69. ISSN 0048-8003.

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Abstract

Historians have seen the provincial Estates of eighteenth-century Burgundy as either medieval relics or the pliant servants of an absolute monarchy, subject to the dictates of an all-powerful intendant. This article offers an alternative interpretation, arguing that the provincial estates were a vibrant and increasingly powerful institution that was engaged in a mutually rewarding relationship with the state. Building upon a long tradition of self-government and an expanding provincial bureaucracy, the estates managed the local taxation system, built roads and canals, encouraged commerce, agriculture, the arts and much else besides. Yet despite their comparative efficiency and a modest programme of reform, the estates were no longer representative of the wider population and lacked the popular legitimacy to survive the crisis of 1789.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
Depositing User: Ms Karyn Gowlett
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2009 09:23
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:16
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/797

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