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Urban Protest in Seventeenth-Century France: The Culture of Retributionby William Beik
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This lucid and wide-ranging survey is the first comparative study in English to explore popular uprisings in the cities of seventeenth-century France. Through close analysis of eyewitness narratives from protesters and authorities in more than fifteen cities, William Beik examines the complex social interaction between angry crowds and hard-pressed authorities. He adds a completely new chapter to the history of the crowd and traces the difficult and fragile connections between elite and popular culture in early modern France.
An original contribution to the comparative study of crowds, urban power, and absolutism.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 268-279) and index.
Table of Contents
Preface; List of figures; List of maps and illustrations; List of tables; 1. Introduction: urban protest; 2. Everyday resistance; 3. The culture of retribution; 4. The position of the magistrates; 5. The ambivalence of the magistrates; 6. Notable uprisings before 1661; 7. Notable uprisings under Louis XIV; 8. Factional parties and popular followings; 9. Princely leaders and popular parties; 10. Popular parties in Bordeaux's Fronde; 11. Conclusion: the culture of retribution; Appendix; Notes; Select bibliography.
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