Wretched Excess?: Conspicuous Consumption Amongst the Aristocracy in 18th Century France

dc.contributor.advisor Haas, Louis en_US
dc.contributor.author Teague, Savanna Rae en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Doyle, Mark en_US
dc.contributor.department History en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-02T18:55:10Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-02T18:55:10Z
dc.date.issued 2013-11-06 en_US
dc.description.abstract While this mass consumption of luxury items is oftentimes talked about as a factor in leading to the French Revolution, that spending is presented as little more than selfishness in the face of an ever-growing population. However, the aristocracy linked their conspicuous consumption and ostentation to their rights and privileges, and their dominance over society hinged upon that display. en_US
dc.description.abstract Chapter One uses the writings of the Marquis de Sade to present a unique perspective into consumption from the point-of-view of a member of the aristocracy who argued that conspicuous luxury was a method of maintaining social inequity. Chapter Two discusses the origins of the consumptive habits of the aristocracy as being reactionary to the threats of social disorder against the State in the seventeenth century. Finally, Chapter Three examines a year of expenditures in the last full year of Louis XIV's life that shows what spending had become normalized at Versailles by the early eighteenth century. en_US
dc.description.degree M.A. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/3607
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject Conspicuous consumption en_US
dc.subject France en_US
dc.subject French aristocracy en_US
dc.subject Louis xiv en_US
dc.subject Marquis de sade en_US
dc.subject Versailles en_US
dc.subject.umi History en_US
dc.subject.umi European history en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters en_US
dc.title Wretched Excess?: Conspicuous Consumption Amongst the Aristocracy in 18th Century France en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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