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Editorial Reviews


“Brilliant and elegantly written. . . . [A] masterful work of historical sociology.”
(Contemporary Sociology 2011-11-22)

“This fascinating study should be a priority for every university’s collection.”
(Choice 2011-05-09)

“Captivating. . . . Careful and comprehensive. . . . Mark Traugott offers a magisterial history of the insurgent barricade. . . . A must read.”
(Lavinia Stan, St. Francis Xavier University European Legacy 2012-12-01)

“Insurgent Barricades is a work that should have been written ages ago, filling a gaping hole in revolutionary studies.”
(Peter L. De Rosa The Historian 2012-03-01)

“An engaging and important book.”
(Christopher H. Johnson Journal Of Modern History 2012-06-01)

“Readers of whatever discipline will . . . gain new insights into the insurrectionary impulse and the tradition of urban protest.”
(Linda Frey Journal Of World History 2012-07-13)

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"Excavating a database of 150 barricades, large and small, successful and unsuccessful, Mark Traugott provides us with a natural history of the insurrectionary barricade — its physiognomy, its development, and its diffusion. From its origins in sixteenth-century Paris to its culmination in the 1848 revolution, and from France to all of Europe, this memorable book is a model of how history and social science can be creatively combined to demonstrate how a key element of modern contentious politics emerged and diffused."—Sidney Tarrow, author of Power in Movement

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 454 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; F First Edition edition (December 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520266323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520266322
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,140,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lavinia Stan on September 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In his volume, Mark Traugott offers a magisterial history of the insurgent barricade, the ultimate symbol of popular protest. Through the close examination of as many as 155 barricades erected from 1569 to 1898 in France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Sicily, Prussia, Austria, Romania, Spain, Belgium, Ireland, Poland, and Italy, Traugott meticulously traces the history of the barricade, its role in popular protests and the broader repertoire of collective action, its meaning for the revolutionaries, the bystanders and the attacking troops, and its consequences for European insurgent movements. As Traugott tells us, unlike other modes and patterns of popular protest, the barricade was able to survive the sweeping changes that affected the European continent during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The volume convincingly raises some difficult questions about the way historians have viewed barricades and provides solid alternative explanations. First, contrary to accounts that claim 1588 and Paris as the year and place where the first barricade was ever erected, Traugott shows that the word was in use as early as 1570 and that barricades were constructed in 1569, 1570, and 1580 outside Paris during events whose importance for the history of the barricade has generally been overlooked. Second, while a number of prominent historians have argued that no barricade was ever erected during the French Revolution, Traugott proposes that the barricade was in fact in frequent use as an insurrectionary technique and played a minor but consistent role in the events of that period. The barricades erected then and at other times and places are documented in a comprehensive database that is the first to list all barricades throughout Europe.Read more ›
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ROROTOKO on January 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"The Insurgent Barricade" is on the ROROTOKO list of cutting-edge intellectual nonfiction. The book interview of Professor Traugott ran here as the cover feature on January 12, 2011.
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