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Becoming Bourgeois
Love, Kinship, and Power in Provincial France, 1670–1880
Christopher H. Johnson
Becoming Bourgeois traces the fortunes of three French families in the municipality of Vannes, in Brittany—Galles, Jollivet, and Le Ridant—who rose to prominence in publishing, law, the military, public administration, and intellectual pursuits over the course of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.



Brotherly Love
Freemasonry and Male Friendship in Enlightenment France
Kenneth Loiselle
Kenneth Loiselle not only examines the place of friendship in eighteenth-century French society and culture but also contributes to the history of emotions and masculinity.



Castorland Journal
An Account of the Exploration and Settlement of New York State by French Émigrés in the Years 1793 to 1797
Simon Desjardins, Pierre Pharoux
The Castorland Journal is a diary, a travel narrative about early New York, a work of autobiography, and a narrative of a dramatic and complex period in American history. In 1792 Parisian businessmen and speculators established the New York Company...



Children Bound to Labor
The Pauper Apprentice System in Early America
The history of early America cannot be told without considering unfree labor. At the center of this history are African and Native American adults forced into slavery; the children born to these unfree persons usually inherited their parents' status...



Citizen Bachelors
Manhood and the Creation of the United States
John Gilbert Mccurdy
In 1755 Benjamin Franklin observed "a man without a wife is but half a man" and since then historians have taken Franklin at his word. In Citizen Bachelors, John Gilbert McCurdy demonstrates that Franklin's comment was only one side of a much larger...



A Colonial Affair
Commerce, Conversion, and Scandal in French India
Danna Agmon
A Colonial Affair traces the 1716 conviction of Nayiniyappa, a Tamil commercial agent employed by the French East India Company, for tyranny and sedition, and his subsequent public torture, the loss of his wealth, the exile of his family, and his ultimate exoneration. Danna Agmon’s gripping microhistory is a vivid guide to the "Nayiniyappa...



Convents and Nuns in Eighteenth-Century French Politics and Culture
Mita Choudhury
Representations of convents and nuns assumed power and urgency within the volatile political culture of eighteenth-century France. Drawing from a range of literary, cultural, and legal material, Mita Choudhury analyzes how, between 1730 and 1789...



The Enlightenment in Practice
Academic Prize Contests and Intellectual Culture in France, 1670–1794
Jeremy L. Caradonna
Jeremy L. Caradonna draws on archives both in Paris and the provinces of France to show that thousands of individuals participated in intellectual competitions during the Enlightenment.



The Enlightenment of Cadwallader Colden
Empire, Science, and Intellectual Culture in British New York
John M. Dixon
The Enlightenment of Cadwallader Colden traces the life and ideas of this fascinating and controversial "gentleman-scholar." John M. Dixon's lively and accessible account explores the overlapping ideological, social, and political worlds of this earliest of New York intellectuals.



Enlightenment Phantasies
Cultural Identity in France and Germany, 1750–1914
Harold Mah
For centuries the histories of France and Germany have been linked in ways productive and destructive, and each nation's sense of itself has often been shaped by admiration of or hostility toward the other. Harold Mah explores the interweaving paths...



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