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Big Business and Industrial Conflict in Nineteenth-Century France: A Social History of the Parisian Gas Company Lenard R. Berlanstein

Big Business and Industrial Conflict in Nineteenth-Century France: A Social History of the Parisian Gas Company

Lenard R. Berlanstein

Published July 23rd 1991
ISBN : 9780520072343
Hardcover
352 pages
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Founded in 1855, the Parisian Gas Company (PGC) quickly developed into one of Frances greatest industrial enterprises, an exemplar of the new industrial capitalism that was beginning to transform the French economy. The PGC supplied at least halfMoreFounded in 1855, the Parisian Gas Company (PGC) quickly developed into one of Frances greatest industrial enterprises, an exemplar of the new industrial capitalism that was beginning to transform the French economy. The PGC supplied at least half the coal gas consumed in France through the 1870s and became the citys single largest employer of clerical and factory labor. Representing a new form and scale of capitalistic endeavor, the firms history illuminates the social tensions that accompanied the nations industrialization and democratization.To study the company over its fifty-year life is to see industrializing France writ small. Using previously untapped company archives, Lenard R. Berlanstein has written a rich and detailed study that skillfully bridges the divide between business, social, and labor history.