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Conceiving the Old Regime: Pronatalism and the Politics of Reproduction in Early Modern France

Leslie Tuttle


Between 1666 and 1789, France's Old Regime government used the king's legislative authority to promote marriage and prolific reproduction. This book studies the royal pronatalist law masterminded by Jean‐Baptiste Colbert and follows its implementation in France and New France to show that royal intervention in the realm of family and sexuality was an integral part of the process of state formation in Europe. Even before the establishment of modern demography, political writers recognized that cultivating the kingdom's human resources was essential to building the state's military and economic ... More

Keywords: Old Regime, France, population policy, pronatalism, Louis XIV, marriage, state formation, fertility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195381603
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381603.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leslie Tuttle, author
University of Kansas
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