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Annecy et Chambéry sous l’Ancien Régime

Abstract : Annecy and Chambéry seem to be nowadays prosperous and dynamic urban areas. Was it always so? Placed from the beginning of the XVth century, under the same authority, the duke of Savoy, these two cities, that had similar aspect and similar assets have known different fates. Chambéry, political capital of the duchy of Savoy and the most populated city in this side of the Alps, detains surely the ascendancy. To encircle better the relations between these two cities during the Ancien Régime (XVIth-XVIIIth centuries), it is necessary to envisage them at first under the demographic point of viem, for, at that time, human resources are essential for controlling a space. The economic weight of both urban areas must be also estimated, Annecy distancing itself little thanks to its premature industries. We also evoke more widely the political life, the driving element and the factor of social and economic stability because both centers shelter princely Courts. Finally, two qualitative aspects have also their place in this essay of comparison: the religion and the culture. Seat of Geneva's bishop as of 1536 and saint François de Sales residence, Annecy holds, on the religious plan, a certain advance on Chambéry. Elites compete in initiatives (libraries, literary sets, education) to endow both cities of a cultural life throughout the considered period.
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Laurent Perrillat. Annecy et Chambéry sous l’Ancien Régime. Revue savoisienne, Académie florimontane, 2009, pp.265-274. ⟨hal-01175983⟩



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