Callaway’s dissertation studies the impact of property seizure on the Jacobin conceptualization of property by focusing on the process as it unfolded in the city of Paris. She suspects that property seizure paradoxically strengthened the status of property in France: by seizing property from émigrés and selling it to supporters of the Revolution, the Jacobins reasserted the role of the Republic as guarantor of property titles. More generally, property seizure challenges existing ideas about the creation of private property in the French Revolution, with implications for how we interpret the nineteenth century and the Jacobin republican legacy. Her research is funded by CES, Fulbright, and the Social Science Research Council.
Graduate Student in the History Department, Harvard University