Revolutionary Demands: A Content Analysis of the Cahiers de Doléances of 1789
Stanford University Press, 1998 - History - 684 pages
This pathbreaking work reports on the methods, and some of the results, of a content analysis of the cahiers de doleances, the lists of grievances in which, in 1789, the French people expressed their dissatisfactions with the state of their society and their hopes for a better future. The analysis is an outgrowth of a larger research project, 'Quantitative Studies of the French Revolution, ' conducted by the authors and others over a thirty-year period. The central data of the research for this book are a coding of a national sample of documents representing the views of rural parishes, the Nobility, and the Third Estate. These codes, together with data on the economic, social, and political conditions of the regions of France under the Old Regime and data on political behavior during the revolutionary period, form a computerized data archive to be made available to researchers
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