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Popular Rumour in Revolutionary Paris, 1792-1794


Popular Rumour in Revolutionary Paris, 1792-1794


War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850

von: Lindsay Porter

89,99 €

Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 19.12.2017
ISBN/EAN: 9783319569673
Sprache: englisch

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This book examines the impact of rumour during the French Revolution, offering a new approach to understanding the experiences of those who lived through it. Focusing on Paris during the most radical years of the Jacobin republic, it argues that popular rumour helped to shape perceptions of the Revolution and provided communities with a framework with which to interpret an unstable world.Lindsay Porter explores the role of rumour as a phenomenon in itself, investigating the way in which the informal authority of the ‘word on the street’ was subject to a range of historical and contemporary prejudices. Drawing its conclusions from police reports and other archival sources, this study examines the potential of rumour both to unite and to divide communities, as rumour and hearsay began to play an important role in defining and judging personal commitment to the Revolution and what it meant to be a citizen.
Chapter I. Introduction.- Chapter II. ‘Prenez garde Citoyens!’: Policing Popular Rumour.-Chapter III. ‘Un bruit de frayeur se répand’: Informal Communication Networks and the Creation of Rumour.- Chapter IV. Rumour, Riots, Feasts and Famines.- Chapter V. Rumour and Community: Solidarity and Conflict in the Sans-Culotte Neighbourhoods of Year II.- Chapter VI. Rumour, Reputation and Identity.- Chapter VII. Rumour, Denunciation and Terror.-Chapter VIII. Conclusion.- Archival Sources.- Index
Lindsay Porter is the author of Who are the Illuminati? (2005) and Assassination: A Political History (2010), both of which were translated into several languages. She also contributed to Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia (2001). Her current research interests are in popular rumour and public opinion in the eighteenth century.
This book examines the impact of rumour during the French Revolution, offering a new approach to understanding the experiences of those who lived through it. Focusing on Paris during the most radical years of the Jacobin republic, it argues that popular rumour helped to shape perceptions of the Revolution and provided communities with a framework with which to interpret an unstable world.Lindsay Porter explores the role of rumour as a phenomenon in itself, investigating the way in which the informal authority of the ‘word on the street’ was subject to a range of historical and contemporary prejudices. Drawing its conclusions from police reports and other archival sources, this study examines the potential of rumour both to unite and to divide communities, as rumour and hearsay began to play an important role in defining and judging personal commitment to the Revolution and what it meant to be a citizen.
Examines how rumour shaped perceptions of the French RevolutionAnalyses the role of rumour in community life, through a range of police reports and archival sourceExplores how these narratives enabled communities to interpret current events through familiar language and imagery

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