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Calonne's Land Tax

John Hardman

in Overture to Revolution

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199585779
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199585779.003.0006
Calonne's Land Tax

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The reformation of the land tax was the central plank of Calonne's reform programme. He aimed to raise an additional 50 million livres purely by ending the favoured treatment of certain regional and social categories. These categories, however, were heavily represented in the Assembly and they developed a sophisticated and sophistical defence of their privileges based on the need for consent to taxation which threatened the basis of the regime. The question of their sincerity was much debated and it still is by historians today. The second part of this chapter provides a detailed analytical narrative of the critical first week of the Assembly, in which through unscheduled meetings with key groups of Notables, Calonne attempted to re-assert control over events.

Keywords: Calonne; consent; land tax; privilege; sincerity; analytical narrative

Chapter.  14294 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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