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A Revolution in Administration

The Theory and Practice of Government During the French Revolution
  • Ralph Kingston
Part of the War, Culture and Society, 1750–1850 book series (WCS)

Abstract

A courier arrives in the courtyard of the hôtel Conti, hot and sweaty from a five-day ride. He is determined to hand his packet to the Minister of the Interior (whose name is carefully marked on the packet he carries) as the prefect in charge of the eastern département of Doubs had assured him that it was urgent and very important. Instead, the uniformed usher shows him to a vestibule, and tells him to wait. Some hours later, the secretary general authorizes his office to take receipt of the courier's burden. The secretariat signs its contents into the register, and begins to number, date and classify the various pieces for distribution to the appropriate divisions.1 The ministry swallows the packet; the courier is dismissed. He trudges out of the secretary general's antechamber, watched idly by administrators and petitioners as he crosses the cobblestoned courtyard.2

Keywords

Foreign Affair Secretary General Code Administratif Administrative Science Bourgeois Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ralph Kingston
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HistoryAuburn UniversityUSA

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