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on November 14, 2011
Victor Hugo's fictional account of the student uprising of 1832 in Les Miserables is so vividly written that it will always form the images of 19th Century French republicanism in the popular imagination.

Jill Harsin's barricades is a good historical overview of the same era. It moves a little too quickly and is drying written in parts, but since it's one of the only detailed accounts of the movement that existed between the revolutions of 1830 and 1848 in English, it deserves 5 stars.

Among other things, you leave wondering if all of those tourists snapping photos of Mont Saint-Michel are aware that all through the 1830s and 1840s it was used as a concentration camp for political prisoners.

August Blanqui, an important but forgotten historical figure (the real precursor to Lenin), is discussed in great detail.
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