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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.

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“ Its changing content, identify the groups through which it passed, and study the ways that they made sense of it as it ebbed and flowed, crossing paths with other means of communication such as images, graffiti, songs, letters, and all varieties of the printed word.” (Robert Darnton, H-France Forum, Vol. 14 (2), 2019)

“The study of rumor during the French Revolution is a wonderful subject, … . Lindsay Porter is well aware of this work, and one of the virtues of her book is to recognize the ways that revolutionary rumor renewed and built on older themes.” (David Garrioch, H-France Forum, Vol. 14 (2), 2019)



Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-35

    Porter, Lindsay

  • “Prenez Garde Citoyens!”: Policing Popular Rumour

    Pages 37-68

    Porter, Lindsay

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

    Pages 69-104

    Porter, Lindsay

  • Rumour, Riots, Feasts and Famines

    Pages 105-134

    Porter, Lindsay

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

    Pages 135-170

    Porter, Lindsay

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Hardcover $119.99
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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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