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The Advent of Modern Capitalism in France, 1770–1840The Contribution of Pierre-François Tubeuf$
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Gwynne Lewis

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198228950

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198228950.001.0001

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Pierre-François Tubeuf and the Foundations of a Modern Coal-Mining Industry

Pierre-François Tubeuf and the Foundations of a Modern Coal-Mining Industry

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(p.18) 1 Pierre-François Tubeuf and the Foundations of a Modern Coal-Mining Industry
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The Advent of Modern Capitalism in France, 1770–1840
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Gwynne Lewis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198228950.003.0002

This chapter examines the role of Pierre-François Tubeuf in laying the foundations of the modern coal mining industry in France. Tubeuf's interest in coal mining started in March 1770 with his observation about the mismanagement of the coal mines in Languedoc and Comtat d' Avignon and his discussion of the issue with government minister M. Bertin. This chapter analyses the dialectic between economic and political issues and suggests that Tubeuf represented the forces of monopoly capitalism and that his tactless efforts to defeat local representatives of traditional market economics posed problems both for the State and the Estates alike.

Keywords:   Pierre-François Tubeuf, coal mining, France, M. Bertin, monopoly capitalism

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