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Davidson, Denise Z., 1967-
France after revolution : urban life, gender, and the new social order / Denise Z. Davidson
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2007
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 3rd Floor  HN425 .D39 2007    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Social change -- France -- History
Sex role -- France -- History
City and town life -- France -- History
Physical Description vii, 257 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 191-252) and index
Contents I: Political festivals -- Staging the Napoleonic state -- Renewing ties with the Bourbon monarchy -- II: Theaters -- Melodramatic spectatorship on the Parisian Boulevard -- Sex and politics in provincial theaters -- III: Social life -- Building solidarity: Cercles, salons, and charities -- Drinking, dancing, and the moral order
Review "In this extensively researched work, Denise Z. Davidson offers a powerful reevaluation of the effects of the French Revolution, especially on women. Arguing against the view that the Revolution forced women from the public realm of informed political discussion, Davidson demonstrates that women remained highly visible in urban public life. Women of all classes moved out of the domestic sphere to participate in the spectacle of city life, inviting frequent commentary on their behavior. This began to change only in the 1820s, when economic and social developments intensified class distinctions and made the bourgeoisie fear the "dangerous classes."" "This book provides an important corrective to prevailing views on the ramifications of the French Revolution, while shedding light on how ordinary people-understood, shaped, and contested the social transformation taking place around them."--BOOK JACKET
Series Harvard historical studies

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