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Family Business: Litigation and the Political Economies of Daily Life in Early Modern France

Julie Hardwick


In 17th‐century France, families were essential as both agents and objects in the rise of the market and the process of state formation—phenomena in 17th‐century Europe that, as we now know, were critical to the making of the modern world. This book analyzes the intersections of family, economy, and law to interrogate the long roots of the critical relationship between family and political economy. Primarily through a pioneering exploration of civil litigation in French cities, it demonstrates how early modern spouses, families, communities, and the state sought to manage the political economi ... More

Keywords: France, history, market, state formation, litigation, domestic violence, families

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199558070
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558070.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie Hardwick, author
Professor & Director of the Institute for Historical Studies, University of Texas at Austin
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