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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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    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: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Ms Karyn Gowlett
    Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2009 09:23
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:48


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