Michael Kwass is an associate professor of History at John Hopkins University. His first book, Privilege and the Politics of Taxation in Eighteenth Century France: Liberté, Egalité, Fiscalité (Cambridge, 2000), examined political culture through the lens of fiscality to offer a new interpretation of the French Revolution. His latest publication, Contraband: Louis Mandrin and the Making of a Global Underground (Harvard, 2014), illuminates the dark side of 18th-century globalization.
ARTICLES FEATURING MICHAEL
Did Contraband Smuggling Lead to the French Revolution?
Michel Kwass on the populist history of smuggling contraband goods - tobacco and calico - in France before the French Revolution....