Society in Crisis
is an in depth look at France in the sixteenth
century. The first part, about a third of the book, considers the state
of France in the first half of the century, with the focus on political
and judicial institutions and, to a lesser extent, on economics.
The second part is a military and political narrative history of the
religious wars that wracked France during the second half of the century,
but the stress on social history is also continued.
Society and Crisis is a dense and detailed work, with descriptions of
individual families and statistics on such things as price changes and
social mobility. A general knowledge of the political history of the
period is pretty much assumed, though the glossary and chronology at the
back make the book bearable for the novice.
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