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Lettres De Cachet and Social Control in the Ancien Regime, 1659-1789 (American University Studies, Series 9: History) (Hardcover)

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Lettres de cachet, one of many social control mechanisms of Old Regime France, needs reassessment today after two centuries of distorted interpretations portraying these royal arrest warrants as symbols of despotism. In reality, these private ordres du roi were preventive measures to control deviant elements in society (juvenile delinquents, prostitutes, the insane, etc.). These ordres enabled the King, police, and parents to preserve family honor, enforce socially acceptable behavior, and prevent crimes embarrassing to the family and disruptive to social harmony. This book examines the legal and administrative framework, police methods and procedures, family problems and concerns, and the actual lifestyles of inmates at some of the foremost carceral institutions of 17th and 18th century Paris from 1650 to 1789.

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The Author: Brian E. Strayer is currently an associate professor of History at Andrews University in southwest Michigan. After completing the B.A. in History at Southern College of Seventh-day Adventists in 1973 , he finished an M.A. in History at Andrews University in 1974. His Ph.D. in French Social and Intellectual History was awarded in 1987 by The University of Iowa. Although he has both presented and critiqued papers in French History for the Western Society for French History and the Society for French Historical Studies, this is his first book in European History. Dr. Strayer is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, Alpha Mu Gamma, the American Historical Association, and the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Historians. His previous publications have been in the field of SDA History.

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