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Analyse économique du féodalisme : application à la France de l'Ancien Régime

Abstract : Starting from the definition of feudalism as a social and economic system, I have selected, among previous studies of preindustrial societies, systemic patterns to examine France’s seventeenth and eighteenth century economic functioning. more accurately, my theoretical corpus embraces diverse approaches to feudalism such as i see it, i. e. a socioeconomic system stemming from the feudal political organization which admittedly has political origins but has an existence of its own and is likely to be transformed according to the context it develops in. within the particular scope of the end of French ancien regime, my purpose is to delineate the polymorphic structures, institutions and behavior allowing for the peculiar constraints of preindustrial societies. Then, i will look into the short-term harvest fluctuations and bring out the elements that imperceptibly change the system. Finally, this analysis will highlight the system adaptation abilities and difficulties when faced with the progressive change of variables that affect the socio-economic functioning. From a long-run standpoint, i will try to separate the endogenous from the exogenous, the old from the new and the particular from the general. The privilege is given prominent display in my analysis as it rests on the characteristics inherent in that system - its confusion between the economic and the extra-economic, its stratification of property and its peculiar contracts - and because it generates rents and internal contradictions that have manifold effects. owing to the part they play in the growth process, west European demographic regime as well as technological and technical progress will not be brushed aside either. Last but not least, my attempt to grasp the whole system, its transformation and its potentialities raises the question of the validity of some findings, which is indeed subjected to limits of statistics.
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Fabienne Dourson. Analyse économique du féodalisme : application à la France de l'Ancien Régime. Economies et finances. Université Nancy 2, 1999. Français. ⟨NNT : 1999NAN20009⟩. ⟨tel-01776971⟩



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