Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution by Rebecca L. Spang
Publication Date: 2015-01-06
This book uses one of the most infamous examples of monetary innovation, the assignats, a currency initially defined by French revolutionaries as "circulating land" to demonstrate that money is as much a social and political mediator as it is an economic instrument. But the book is also a new history of the French Revolution, one in which radicalization was driven by an ever-widening gap between political ideals and the realities of daily life. Money played a critical role in creating this gulf. Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution restores economics, in the broadest sense, to its rightful place at the heart of the Revolution and hence to that of modern politics.