By Steven Laurence Kaplan

I sleek instances has invented its personal model of Apocalypse. Famine isn't any longer one of many widespread outriders. the issues of fabric lifestyles, and their political and mental implications, have replaced tremendously through the previous 2 hundred years. probably not anything has extra profoundly affected our associations and our attitudes than the production of a expertise of abundance. - Even the outdated tropes have given means: neither funds nor energy can degree the gap which separates gagne-pain from gagne-hi/leek. 1 but the troubles of this e-book appear less distant this present day than they did while it was once conceived within the past due sixties. long ago few years now we have began to fret, with a type of expiatory zeal, in regards to the country· of our surroundings, the dimensions of our inhabitants, the political financial system and the morality of the allocation of products and jobs, and the way forward for our assets. whereas desktop projections forged a malthusian pall over our global, now we have had a sour, first-hand flavor of shortages of every kind. The sempiternal conflict among manufacturers and shoppers rages with a brand new ferocity, as excessive costs galvanize anger at the one aspect and party at the different. at the same time famines proceed to strike the 3rd global within the thermidor of the golf green revolution, so we've found starvation in our personal midst.

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7; F. Aubert, "Reflexions," BN, mss. a. 4433, fo1s. 20-21, 24, 27. 9 C. Tilly, "Collective Violence in European Perspective," in H. Graham and T. Gurr, 8 Violence in America: Historical and Comparative Perspectives. , 1969), 17; AN, AFl2 1470 (16, 17 Apr. 1793). Cf. Colfavru, "Question des subsistances," La Revolution franraise, V (July-Dec. 1883), 330. Cf. " 8 THE POLICE OF PROVISIONING acknowledgement of the legacy and the memory of the traditional provisioning policy. 10 If the old regime governments did supply bread, of course, as CreuzeLatouche pointedly added, it was not for wholesome motives.

13 For all its anxiety about subsistence, the state never elaborated a masterplan for lean years or fat. Directly on the supply side the government intervened as most Frenchmen lived, au jour Ie jour, sometimes massively, sometimes selectively, and always reluctantly. On the municipal level, the state encouraged the institutionalization of foresight, without, however, offering any serious material incentives for the establishment of granaries. A plan to ,mobilize all the convents and monasteries in the kingdom into a network for funding grain storage never received serious implementation outside the Paris area and not even the capital could count on a modest state-sponsored reserve until the second half of the eighteenth century.

Chapter twelve studies Terray's efforts to implement his subsistence policy throughout the kingdom in the years 1771-74. Even as the government abjured liberalization, so many philosophes turned their fire on its intellectual patrons, the physiocrats. The last part of this chapter looks into the "grain quarrel"-a debate which turned not on airy postulates but on the grim facts of the national crisis. Chapter thirteen concentrates on the king's grain operations under Terray's xxx INTRODUCTION management.

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