In The Fruits of Revolution Jean-Laurent Rosenthal investigates two central questions in French ecomic history: To what extent did institutions hold back agricultural development under the Old Regime, and did reforms carried out during the French Revolution significantly improve the structure of property rights in agriculture? Both questions have been the subject of much debate. Historians have touched on them in a number of local studies, yet usually they have been more concerned with community conflict than with ecomic development. Ecomists generally have researched the performance of the French ecomy without paying much attention to the impact of institutions on specific areas of the ecomy. This book attempts to utilize the best of both approaches: It focuses on broad questions of ecomic change, yet it is based on detailed archival investigations of the impact of property rights on water control.