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Le bassin de la Rance au XIXe siècle

Un autre modèle industriel
Maogan Chaigneau-Normand


In the XIXth century, in the bank of the Rance many craft industrial activities have existed, survived of ancestrals (milling trade, textile, leather work) as well as unknown industries (sugar manufacture, limestone, bricks). Established as well in the countryside and the town, with contacts with the outside, these little industries do not create brutal stop with their environment nor by social economic options and technical stoppage nor by architectures installed. Far from the big models of industrial revolution, the different way followed by the bank of the Rance has set another kind of growth and has avoided the desertification. It is by the detailed study of 396 places by crossing the glances of the historian and the industrial archaeologist that history was able to be restored and that a balance of the little delicate heritage was able to be established.

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Maogan Chaigneau-Normand, “Le bassin de la Rance au XIXe siècle”Cahiers d'histoire [Online], 46-3/4 | 2001, Online since 13 May 2009, connection on 22 July 2024. URL:; DOI:

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