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Carnival in Romans Hardcover – November, 1979

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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  • Hardcover: 426 pages
  • Publisher: George Braziller; 1st edition (November 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807609285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807609286
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,654,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James Dalgleish on December 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Leroy Ladurie takes a de constructionist look at the erosion of the tax base in pre revolutionary France, and the political impacts of maintaining a large privileged elite exempt from tax, increasing the fiscal burden to be paid by the proportionly ever smaller tax paying classes. Ultimately, this led to the fall of the throne, but this book explores the pre revolutionary era prior to the revolution when the Mardi Gras festivities provided a satirical opportunity for the oppressed lower social orders to express their dissatisfaction. The form of the Mardi Gras itself is itself the basis of the contemporary narrative structure of the British pantomime - chaotic but formal role changing, reversal, and cross dressing.

The explosion of unrest at the growth of the privileged elite enjoying exemption from tax, and the consequent increase of the tax burden on lower and middle social classes, may also have an allegory to the current New World Order scenerio of corporate privilege, and the contemporary demands for economic reform in the West.

This book puts the panto into tax theory - and should be read by those interested in satire, slapstick, tax theory, and social activists alike.
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Format: Hardcover
As European feudalism merged with mercantilism a new social order came into being, which continued to define French social dynamics up to The Revolution of 1789. The aristocracy of the sword was challenged by the new aristocracy of the robe. Carnival in Romans is a vivid and totally engrossing picture of how the power of money challenged the power of chivalric honor and landed privilege. Besides the didactic merit of the book, the uniquely intimate picture of how the people of one town lived out these underlying shifts of culture and power is riveting. And, one is reminded of the constant in the life of ancien regime France: the peasant is cheated, suffers, and pays.
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