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Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution

Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution

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Winner of the Louis Gottschalk Prize, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
A Financial Times Best History Book of the Year
A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year


Rebecca L. Spang, who revolutionized our understanding of the restaurant, has written a new history of money. It uses one of the most infamous examples of monetary innovation, the assignats--a currency initially defined by French revolutionaries as "circulating land"--to demonstrate that money is as much a social and political mediator as it is an economic instrument. Following the assignats from creation to abandonment, Spang shows them to be subject to the same slippages between policies and practice, intentions and outcomes, as other human inventions.

"This is a quite brilliant, assertive book."
--Patrice Higonnet, Times Literary Supplement

"Brilliant...What Spang] proposes is nothing less than a new conceptualization of the revolution...She has provided historians--and not just those of France or the French Revolution--with a new set of lenses with which to view the past."
--Arthur Goldhammer, Bookforum

" Spang] views the French Revolution from rewardingly new angles by analyzing the cultural significance of money in the turbulent years of European war, domestic terror and inflation."
--Tony Barber, Financial Times



Author: Rebecca L. Spang
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Published: 02/20/2017
Pages: 360
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.85lbs
Size: 9.20h x 6.10w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9780674975422

About the Author
Spang, Rebecca L.: - Rebecca L. Spang is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Indiana University. She is the author of Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution (Harvard).

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