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Revolution and Environment in Southern France
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Revolution and Environment in Southern France: Peasants, Lords, and Murder in the Corbières 1780–1830

Peter McPhee

Abstract

In the forty years after the Revolution of 1789, the peasants and former seigneurs of the isolated and arid region of the Corbières, Languedoc, fought a protracted battle over the consequences of revolutionary change. Central to this conflict was control of the rough hillsides or garrigues used as sheep pastures, which the poorer peasantry seized and cleared. This social conflict culminated in the murder of two nobles by a band of villagers in the aftermath of the Revolution of 1830. This book highlights two new perspectives on the Revolution of 1789. First, the actions of poorer peasants in m ... More

Keywords: revolution, 1789, peasants, seigneurs, Corbières, Languedoc, battle, revolutionary change, conflict, garrigues

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198207177
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207177.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter McPhee, author
University of Melbourne