The French Revolution brought momentous political, social, and cultural change. Life in Revolutionary France asks how these changes affected everyday lives, in urban and rural areas, and on an international scale.
An international cast of distinguished academics and emerging scholars present new research on how people experienced and survived the revolutionary decade, with a particular focus on individual and collective agency as discovered through the archival record, material culture, and the history of emotions. It combines innovative work with student-friendly essays to offer fresh perspectives on topics such as:
* Political identities and activism
* Gender, race, and sexuality
* Transatlantic responses to war and revolution
* Local and workplace surveillance and transparency
* Prison communities and culture
* Environmental justice
* Food, health, and radical medicine
* Revolutionary childhoods
With an easy-to-navigate, three-part structure, illustrations and primary source excerpts, Life in Revolutionary France is the essential text for approaching the experiences of those who lived through one of the most turbulent times in world history.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 384
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Life in Revolutionary France revivifies the social history of the French revolution Metter Harder and Jennifer Ngaire Heuer's fine team of of experienced and emergent scholars offer bright, insightful coverage of topics that range from religion to revolutionary justice, from prisons to prostitution, from emigres to Caribbean slaves, from armies to waxworks, from crime to diet - and much besides. * Colin Jones, Professor of History, Queen Mary University of London, UK *
Ranging from peasant resisters and Caribbean prisoners of war to prostitutes and the orphaned children of executed revolutionary leaders, this remarkably original collection opens dramatic new perspectives on the French Revolution. The ordinary is shown to be extraordinarily fascinating when lives are transformed by dramatic events. Anyone interested in the meaning of revolution will want to read these essays. * Lynn Hunt, Distinguished Research Professor of History, UCLA, USA *