War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850
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Popular Rumour in Revolutionary Paris, 1792-1794

Authors: Porter, Lindsay

  • Examines how rumour shaped perceptions of the French Revolution
  • Analyses the role of rumour in community life, through a range of police reports and archival source
  • Explores how these narratives enabled communities to interpret current events through familiar language and imagery
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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.

About the authors

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.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Porter, Lindsay

    Pages 1-35

  • “Prenez Garde Citoyens!”: Policing Popular Rumour

    Porter, Lindsay

    Pages 37-68

  • “Un Bruit de Frayeur Se Répand”: Informal Communication Networks and the Creation of Rumour

    Porter, Lindsay

    Pages 69-104

  • Rumour, Riots, Feasts and Famines

    Porter, Lindsay

    Pages 105-134

  • Rumour and Community: Solidarity and Conflict in the Sans-Culotte Neighbourhoods of Year II

    Porter, Lindsay

    Pages 135-170

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Popular Rumour in Revolutionary Paris, 1792-1794
Authors
Series Title
War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-56967-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-56967-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-56966-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-86047-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 267
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