Rumor, Diplomacy and War in Enlightenment Paris - Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment 2014:07 (Paperback)Tabetha Leigh Ewing (author)
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Royal policing and clandestine media shaped what Parisians knew and how they conceptualized events in a period of war. Responding to subversive political verses or to an official declaration hawked on the city streets, they experienced the pleasures and dangers of talking politics and exchanging opinions on matters of state, whether in the cafe or the wigmaker's shop. Tabetha Ewing argues that this ephemeral expression of opinions on war and diplomacy, and its surveillance, transcription, and circulation shaped a distinctly early-modern form of political participation. Whilst the study of sedition has received much scholarly attention, Ewing explores the unexpectedly dynamic effect of loyalty to the French monarchy, spoken in the distinct voices of the common people and urban elites. One such effect was a sense of national identity, arising from the interplay of events, both everyday and extraordinary, and their representation in different media. Rumor, diplomacy and war in Enlightenment Paris rethinks the relationship of the oral and the written, the official and the unofficial, by revealing how gossip, fantasy, and uncertainty are deeply embedded in the emergent modern, public life of French society.
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 21 mm
'Tabetha Leigh Ewing [...] analyse avec une erudition exemplaire une serie de sources qui echappent souvent aux chercheurs [pour en tirer] un vaste tableau de l'evolution de l'opinion publique parisienne a cette epoque charniere. [L'ouvrage], par sa riche documentation, nous permet de voir les racines historiques d'une opinion publique qui fera une irruption spectaculaire a la fin du XVIIIe siecle lors de la Revolution francaise.'
'An informative study that examines a period slightly earlier than most works on public opinion' [...] Sketches of colorful individuals, such as a shopkeeper's wife who amused French officials by sending them detailed, unsolicited advice on foreign policy, make for compelling reading [...] A model of how to integrate popular opinion into works on foreign policy.'
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