From Library Journal
Analyzing parish and municipal records from one Parisian quarter, the Faubourg Saint Marcel, during the 18th and early 19th centuries, Garrioch (history, Monash Univ.) traces the evolution of the Parisian commercial middle class. That 18th-century class revolved around neighborhood and family ties and wielded significant political clout within its sphere. During the revolutionary period and especially under the Restoration, kinship and local connections became less important, he notes, and governmental control siphoned off the bourgeoisie's political power. Garrioch's research is meticulous and his conclusions logical, though he tends to repeat himself. Moreover, the title is misleading; little attention is paid to the period 1690-1730, with important background and context given only in the final chapter. Despite these flaws, this work is recommended for academic collections.?Robert Persing, Univ. of Pennsylvania Lib., Philadelphia
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David Garrioch's new book boasts a veritably mouth-watering title. Those who know Dr. Garrioch's earlier work on neighbourhood and community in eighteenth-century Paris will not be disappointed by the quality of his research and the extent of the archival sources on which his work is based--there has been page-turning and carton-wielding of heroic proportions behind this study. Very unusual for a work of this type, moreover, is the character of those sources: Dr. Garrioch draws extremely copiously on the archives of local self-government in Paris--parishional, ecclesiastical and police archives, plus the riches of the Minutier Central--to delineate a middle class captured essentially in terms of its engagement in local politics...This is a book which reads extremely well and which offers a thought-provoking new angle on a number of major problems of contemporary historiographical concern...Dr. Garrioch's brave study highlights the importance of the development of the bourgeoisie in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century France, and underlines the need for an even more inclusive recounting of their history. (Colin Jones Journal of French History [UK]
This is a very significant contribution to French history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This account, which does not neglect economic change, offers a whole series of interesting new takes on the subject of the bourgeoisie. (Sarah Maza, author of Private Lives and Public Affairs: The Causes Célèbres of Prerevolutionary France