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Author Bell, David A. (David Avrom)
Title Lawyers and citizens : the making of a political elite in Old Regime France / David A. Bell.
Imprint New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.

Author Bell, David A. (David Avrom)
Subject Lawyers -- France -- Paris -- History.
Practice of law -- France -- Paris -- History.
France -- Politics and government -- 1589-1789.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 280 pages) : illustrations
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-271) and index.
Note Print version record.
Summary Not only were lawyers heavily represented among the men who rose to power in France in 1789, to a large extent, they also shapted the evolution of French political culture under the ancien regime. David Bell's new book traces the development of the French legal profession between the reign of Louis XIV and the French Revolution, showing how lawyers influenced, and were influenced by, the period's passionate political and religious conflicts. Bell analyses how these key "middling" figures in French society were transformed from the institutional technicians of absolute monarchy into the self-appointed "voices of public opinion," and leaders of opposition political journalism. He describes the birth of an independent legal profession in the late seventeenth century, its alientation from the monarchy under the pressure of religious disputes in the early eighteenth, and its transformation into a standard-bearer of "enlightened" opinion in the decades before the Revolution. His work illuminates the workings of politics under a theoretically absolute monarchy, and the importance of long-standing constitutional debates for the ideological origins of the Revolution.; It also sheds new light on the development of the modern professions, and of the middle classes in France
Contents Introduction; 1. The World of the Law; 2. Building an Independent Profession; 3. A Sort of Absolutely Independent Little Republic at the Center of the State -- 4. The Seminary of Publicists; 5. The Profession Transformed; 6. The Vanguard of Reform; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliographical Note; Index
ISBN 1423737733 (electronic bk.)
9781423737735 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 228136406
Additional Format Print version: Bell, David Avrom. Lawyers and citizens. New York : Oxford University Press, 1994 (DLC) 93023089

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