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Society and Economy under the Old Regime in the Eighteenth Century

by 1800, London's population was around what?

1 million

Old Regime

The term Old Regime applies specifically to the system of government known as political absolutism with the growing bureaucracies and aristocratically led armies.

Hierarchy and Privilege

medieval sense of rank and degree.

Sumptuary laws

regulated dress laws in a society


Nobles with land


1-5% of a population. Wealthiest sector. Large influence on political and economic power.

Peerage (Eng.)

this is right to sit in the House of Lords and to inherit a father's land was reserved for the eldest son (england)

Nobles of the sword (Fra.)

nobility derived from military service (france)

Nobles of the Robe (Fra.)

nobility who acquired titles either by serving in the bureaucracy or by having them purchased. (france)


provincial nobility. Lesser nobles, but better off than peasants.

taille (france)

land tax (france)


polish nobles, right of life and death over serfs, and were exempt from taxes

Russian Nobility

__________ nobility based off of the Table of Ranks.

Aristocratic Resurgence

European-wide reaction by the nobility to maintain status amidst threat of expanding power of the monarchs.


the power and status of nobility was _______


feudal dues that the French peasantry were forced to pay.


the right of Russian lord to demand 6 days of work from their serfs.


it is a turkish word to describe the lords domain in the ottoman empire

Emelyan Pugachev promised serfs land of their own and freedom from lords. Southern Russia was in turmoil until government brutally suppressed the rebellion.

Pugachev's rebellion and how did the gov't deal with it?

Aristocratic hunting laws

they manipulated eng. legislation and claimed exclusive right to hunt game, but would not allow peasants to. This describes:


they were merchants who operated ilegal enterprises by purchasing stolen meat from the countryside and villages

family economy

this term is described by the household in pre-industrial europe was the basic unit of production and consumption


normal western families were nuclear or extended?


In eastern europe, was the family nuclear or extended?

economic necessity

marriage for a woman was a(n):

the netherlands

Agricultural revolution began in

Jethro Tull

he used iron plows to plant wheat by drill rather than casting seeds

Charles 'Turnip" Townshend

he instituted the practice of crop rotation using barely, turnips, and clovers. this increased amount of livestock

Robert Bakewell

he pioneered new methods of animal breeding that produced more and better animals with more meat and milk for the family

Arthur Young

hespread ideas of Robert Bakewell all throughout Europe. he Edited Annals of Agriculture


this term describes the communal decision regarding what crops to plant, and where. This disrupted small communities. This was bad for small farmers.

industrial revolution

this term describes an era which instituted change and ideas that caused sustained growth of the western world through the present.


who led the revolution?

fashion and taste

London was the center of:

legally approved by parliament

Britains taxes

Spinning Jenny

Created by James Hargreaves, it allowed 120 spindles to spun simultaneously.

Water Frame

Created by Richard Arkwright. permitted production of a purely cotton fabric

power loom

Created by Edward Cartwright, he designed what?

steam engine

invented by james watt. This ran textile factories and could be easily located in urban areas

Thomas Newcomen

he invented first practical steam engine, but it was modified to be better by james watt.

Henry Court

this man created a new method for melting and stirring molten ore which extracted more impurities

the significance of women in the workforce

industrial revolution decreased what social group and how?

Jews of the Old Regime

they were welcomed into a gentile society upon conversion to christianity.

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