Foreword by Lynn Hunt
The Republican Calendar
Brief Chronology of the French Revolution
I. The History of the Revolutionary Festival
The Revolution as Festival
History of the Festivals, History of the Sects
Boredom and Disgust
II. The Festival of the Federation: Model and Reality
Riot and Festival: The "Wild" Federations
The Federative Festivals
The Paris Federation
A New Festival?
The Festival of All the French?
III. The Festival above the Parties: 1792
The Norm and the Exception
Two Antagonistic Festivals?
The Unity of Tragedy
IV. Mockery and Revolution: 1793-1794
The "Other" Festival
Where, When, with Whom?
Violence and the Festival
V. Return to the Enlightenment: 1794-1799
The "Happy Nation"
The System of Brumaire, Year IV
VI. The Festival and Space
Space without Qualities
The Symbolic Mapping-Out
The Renovation of a Ceremonial Space: The Example of Caen
The Resistance of Paris
The Space-Time of the Revolution
VII. The Festival and Time
VIII. The Future of the Festival: Festival and Pedagogy
"The Schools of the Mature Man"
The Power of Images
The Correct Use of Images
Nothing Goes without Saying
IX. Popular Life and the Revolutionary Festival
A Shameful Ethnology
History of a Failure
Revolutionary Symbolism and Peasant Tradition
The Mai sauvage
A Pedagogical Tree
From the Maypole to the Tree
X. The Revolutionary Festival: A Transfer of Sacrality
The Meaning of a Few Borrowings
The Meaning of Purging