TITLE

The geography of rebellion

AUTHOR(S)
Brustein, William; Levi, Margaret
PUB. DATE
July 1987
SOURCE
Theory & Society;Jul87, Vol. 16 Issue 4, p467
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents information on a model for the geography of rebellion. The focus is sixteenth- and seventeenth-century agrarian, anti-state rebellions in France, England and Spain. Rebellion only makes sense if each party to the contract perceives itself as having an advantage over the other. Rebellions are against a state whose officials feel strong enough to impose policy changes that threaten regional interests and are by a group of actors that feel strong enough to mount a local defense. Rebellions are not revolutions. They are attempts to evoke concessions from the state, not to overthrow it. In situations where the regional actors control resources on which the ruler depends to such an extent that they can wrest concessions without rebellion, rebellion is unnecessary. Thus, we expect rebellions in regions where there are significant economic and political resources but not where there is a monopoly of resources on which the monarch depends for maintenance of his rule. Many of the rebellions revolved around questions of taxation. The peasants were particularly affected although nobles and clerics were also touched. Although peasant payments to the church and nobility remained fairly constant and in some instances had fallen into disuse, the level of royal taxation climbed steadily.
ACCESSION #
10740670

 

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