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The Women of Paris and Their French Revolution (Studies on the History of Society and Culture) [Paperback]

Dominique Godineau , Katherine Streip
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February 16, 1998 0520067193 978-0520067196 0
During the French Revolution, hundreds of domestic and working-class women of Paris were interrogated, examined, accused, denounced, arrested, and imprisoned for their rebellious and often hostile behavior. Here, for the first time in English translation, Dominique Godineau offers an illuminating account of these female revolutionaries. As nurturing and tender as they are belligerent and contentious, these are not singular female heroines but the collective common women who struggled for bare subsistence by working in factories, in shops, on the streets, and on the home front while still finding time to participate in national assemblies, activist gatherings, and public demonstrations in their fight for the recognition of women as citizens within a burgeoning democracy.

Relying on exhaustive research in historical archives, police accounts, and demographic resources at specific moments of the Revolutionary period, Godineau describes the private and public lives of these women within their precise political, social, historical, and gender-specific contexts. Her insightful and engaging observations shed new light on the importance of women as instigators, activists, militants, and decisive revolutionary individuals in the crafting and rechartering of their political and social roles as female citizens within the New Republic.

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"A compelling book-length narrative of women in the French Revolution. Sections on denunciation, the guillotine, and the nuances of political behavior are particularly fresh and intriguing."--Bonnie G. Smith, author of "Confessions of a Concierge

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: Studies on the History of Society and Culture (Book 26)
  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (February 16, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520067193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520067196
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,304,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Astounding Resource September 14, 2006
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For anyone researching the French Revolution this book would be an invaluable resource. Quotes, statistics and geographical interpretation of the riots, all are included in the realistic, sometimes tantalizing look at the struggles of Parisian women and their roles in the French Revolution. Not just a fleshed out version of a history texts after-thought, as happens so many times with books about the women or minorities of history - this book gives us the real forces behind some of the major events of the revolution - forces that include the demands of disenfranchised women eager to take part in the new Sovereignty of the people.

The tons of research done by Godineau shows not only in the immense bibliography but also in the completeness of the themes discussed in the book. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the French Revolution or the history of Women.
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