The fiscal reformation in rural France, 1598-1685 [thesis]

Christopher Michael McFadin
This dissertation would not have been possible without the generous support of several organizations and people. I would first like to thank the Graduate College at the University of Iowa and its Presidential Graduate Fellowship program for supplying the funds to research and write this dissertation. The bulk of the data collection in France was made possible thanks to a Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship through the Social Science Research Council. My field directors with the
more » ... y Mehrotra, Isaac Martin, and Monica Prasad-were instrumental in shaping my ideas and clarifying my research agenda. The H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies at Calvin College provided valuable paleographic training that made my documents more accessible. Tom Lambert's expertise in reading sixteenth-century Genevan manuscripts was critical in moving my project forward. I would also like to thank the Meeter Center for funding my research in its collection with a summer fellowship. Karin Maag, Paul Fields and Ryan Noppen were helpful and kind in answering my many questions. I also received support and encouragement over the years from many eminent scholars in the field who willingly gave their time and advice to me. Bernard Roussel generously visited with me in Paris and gave me important practical advice. He continued to offer his insights over the past several months. Constantin Fasolt and Zachary Schiffman both donated their time through a workshop at the Newberry Library and helped refine my ideas. Karen Christianson and other staff members at the Newberry welcomed my forays into their map collection and guided me along the way. Julius Ruff also kindly offered insight and advice long after I graduated from Marquette. I would not have completed this project without the continual support and encouragement from my advisers. Connie Berman happily served as a sounding board for many parts of this project, and she offered different ways to think creatively about sources. The ideas I gained from her research methods class were instrumental in conducting the work for this dissertation. Ray Mentzer not only inspired this project and believed that I could iv complete it, but also patiently offered years of paleographic training necessary to read the sources. Ray offered critical feedback at several points in the writing process. Any mistakes in the final product are entirely my own. I would also like to thank my parents, Mike and Cathy McFadin, for believing in me and encouraging my research. Their practical and emotional support over the years made reaching the finish line much easier. A number of friends also offered encouragement and support, including
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