By Laurent Coste

Qu'est-ce que los angeles bourgeoisie dans l. a. France de l'époque moderne ? Quelles sont les différentes caractéristiques de cette catégorie sociale qui connaît un essor spectaculaire durant los angeles période et s’impose peu à peu dans le jeu politique et économique de los angeles France du temps ? Affirmant sa puissance dès los angeles Renaissance, puis sortie victorieuse de l. a. période révolutionnaire, los angeles bourgeoisie constitue les fondements de los angeles société du XIXe siècle et affirme le triomphe de valeurs qui perdurent encore aujourd'hui.
L’ouvrage dresse le tableau très complet, du XVIe siècle aux débuts de los angeles Révolution industrielle, de cette inhabitants aux multiples visages et en constante évolution. À travers les figures du propriétaire foncier, du rentier ou du commerçant, jusqu'au grand affairiste citadin, il définit cette idea et fait l’analyse de cette « classe moyenne » ou « mitoyenne ». Formes de sociabilité, éducation, valeurs, représentations, ici détaillées, permettent de brosser un portrait tout en nuances qui permet de mieux comprendre los angeles société française moderne.

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Letters are presented as not just one document, but as a whole series of interrelated documents, and they have the added advantage that the same story is told from multiple 10 Cambridge Companions Online © Cambridge University Press, 2006 On the novel and the writing of literary history points of view. The reader will find as much in the gaps and the omissions as in the ironic variations of testimony. The epistolary novel provides us with a glimpse of two fascinating problems associated with the novel in general.

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