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Quand les grains "prennent un sentiment" : le regard d'un couple de grands fermiers sur le marché céréalier lillois au début de la Révolution

Abstract : The reports of grain sales at the markets, observed in the eighteenth century, and in particular at the time of the French Revolution, are often assimilated in the historiography, as well as at the time, with the speculative actions by large farmers whose sole aim was the accumulation of capital. But a close examination of the correspondence of these farmers near Lille between 1789 and 1791 shows that they could act in response to technical constraints inherent to the operation of a large production. Indeed, where speculation is clearly evident, it turns out to have been necessary to sustain the solvency of the enterprise, and was often tempered by a respect “economic morality” and notably by a desire to preserve the “social capital” of these same farmers.
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Fulgence Delleaux. Quand les grains "prennent un sentiment" : le regard d'un couple de grands fermiers sur le marché céréalier lillois au début de la Révolution. Annales historiques de la Révolution française, Armand Colin, 2017, 4 (390), pp.3-24. ⟨hal-02279138⟩

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