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The Great Demarcation: The French Revolution and the Invention of Modern Property

Rafe Blaufarb


The French Revolution remade the system of property-holding that had existed in France before 1789. This book engages with this historical process not from an economic or social perspective, but from the perspective of the laws and institutions of property. The revolutionary changes aimed at two fundamental goals: the removal of formal public power from the sphere of property and the excision of property from the realm of sovereignty. The revolutionaries accomplished these two aims by abolishing privately owned forms of power, such as feudalism, seigneurialism, and venal public office, and by ... More

Keywords: property, French Revolution, Old Regime, feudalism, seigneurialism, sovereignty, Napoleonic Code, ownership, land, power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199778799
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778799.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rafe Blaufarb, author
Ben Weider Eminent Scholar and Director of the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution, Florida State University