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The Path Not TakenFrench Industrialization in the Age of Revolution, 1750-1830$
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Jeff Horn

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780262083522

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262083522.001.0001

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La patrie en danger: Industrial Policy in the Year II

La patrie en danger: Industrial Policy in the Year II

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The Path Not Taken

Jeff Horn

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the development and implementation of industrial policy in the Year II in order to illustrate the trials and tribulations involved in the unprecedentedly thorough French mobilization for war. The raw, almost unbridled economic necessities that gave rise to the Reign of Terror allowed the revolutionaries to curb rampant inflation, feed the nation, and equip an army which dominated Europe for more than a generation. These overwhelming successes, achieved despite the breathtaking challenges of civil and foreign war, transformed the process of French industrialization by giving rise to a new industrial model to compete with that of Britain’s in shaping the decisions of French policy makers.

Keywords:   French industrial policy, war mobilization, Reign of Terror, French industrialization, industrial model

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