By John Prebble

'You are hereby ordered to fall upon the rebels, the MacDonalds of Glencoe, and to place all to the sword below seventy.' This used to be the treacherous and cold-blooded order ruthlessly performed on thirteen February 1692, while the Campbells slaughtered their hosts the MacDonalds on the bloodbath of Glencoe. It was once a bloody incident which had deep repercussions and was once the start of the destruction of the Highlanders.

John Prebble's masterly description of the bad occasions at Glencoe was once praised as 'Evocative and powerful' within the "Sunday Telegraph".

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35 The founding of a national labor market in France, side by side with consumer markets and increased state and municipal investment, was another vital component of French capitalism. And, here 14 Constructing Paris in the Age of Revolution too, the building sector was at the center of the French version of the great transformation from a feudal to a commercial capitalist economy. The attraction for the French peasantry of urban centers undergoing renewal and expansion in the eighteenth century made labor flow toward the cities, first, a seasonal and, increasingly during the Revolution and the nineteenth century, a permanent migration.

Reflects the widely shared perception that the fragile equilibrium in the social composition of Paris, with its range of characters, rich and poor alike, only coexisted on borrowed time by the second half of the eighteenth century. His starkly alarmist conclusion that more harm than good would come from extirpating the undesirable parts of Paris was a call for a resigned tolerance that the Crown and the Parisian administration might have heeded at the end of the ancien régime. Contrary to Mercier’s remark about the affinity between large cities and absolutist governments, late eighteenth-century Paris posed a number of insurmountable challenges for the monarchy at the end of the ancien régime.

As a trade corporation overseeing private construction sites, the Chambre enforced a precise system of controls, inspections, salary structures, and commercial transactions. 1 Anonymous, Construction of the Hôtel de Salm, ca. 1788, detail. The stonecutters are in the foreground while the architect, with map in hand, apparently consults with the proprietor off in the distance. Courtesy of the musée Carnavelet. assure the expansion of Paris by carving out entire quarters in what had once been the outer faubourgs to the west and northeast of Paris.

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