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1789: Watching from Lyon

Siân Reynolds

in Marriage and Revolution

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560424
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741814 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560424.003.0013
1789: Watching from Lyon

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This chapter describes how the Rolands, despite Jean-Marie's birth and profession, are outsiders in Lyon on the eve of revolution: dissident observers of a city dominated by wealthy silk manufacturers. Roland publishes a critical account of the city's economy (1787), arguing for more taxes on the rich, fewer burdens on the poor and liberalization of working practices to revive Lyon's fortunes. He helps write the cahiers de doléances. Despite bereavements and sickness during 1789, both Rolands enthusiastically welcome the Revolution, corresponding with Paris friends, including Brissot, whom they have yet to meet, and who publishes their writings in his newspaper, Le Patriote.

Keywords: Lyon; economy; silk manufacture; taxes; cahiers de doléance; Revolution

Chapter.  4941 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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