Press, Revolution, and Social Identities in France, 1830-1835 / Edition 1

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In this innovative study of the press during the French Revolutionary crisis of the early 1830s, Jeremy Popkin shows that newspapers played a crucial role in defining a new repertoire of identities—for workers, women, and members of the middle classes—that redefined Europe’s public sphere.

Nowhere was this process more visible than in Lyon, the great manufacturing center where the aftershocks of the July Revolution of 1830 were strongest. In July 1830 Lyon’s population had rallied around its liberal newspaper and opposed the conservative Restoration government. In less than two years, however, Lyon’s press and its public opinion, like those of the country as a whole, had become irrevocably fragmented. Popkin shows how the structure of the "journalistic field" in liberal society multiplied political conflicts and produced new tensions between the domains of politics and culture. New periodicals appeared claiming to speak for workers, for women, and for the local interests of Lyon. The public was becoming inherently plural with the emergence of new "imagined communities" that would dominate French public life well into the twentieth century.

Jeremy Popkin is well known for his earlier studies of journalism during the eighteenth century and the French Revolution. In Press, Revolution, and Social Identities in France, he not only moves forward in time but also offers a new model for a cultural history of journalism and its relationship to literature.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This readable, stimulating, and richly textured book charts new courses for the study of the nineteenth-century French press and will have considerable resonance in the fields of gender, social, and revolutionary history. It is arguably Popkin’s most important achievement to date, and undoubtedly his most controversial.”
—Simon Burrows, American Historical Review

“Popkin’s is a powerful argument for the study of the press to ve moved to the very center of cultural history. Furthermore, it offers a model for future work in the field, particularly in its treatment of a wide range of important issues related to the press, such as the reading practices already mentioned and the way in which journalistic accounts were transcribed in the ‘higher’ discourses of imaginative literature and history. This fascinating book should therefore be required reading for students of the period.”
—Paul Rowe, MLR

“Popkin’s thorough, insightful, and admirable study makes a strong case for ‘press history,’ underlines the growing importance of the press in France during the period in question, and adds to our understanding of the significance of the Revolution of 1830.”
—John Merriman, Canadian Journal of History

“Popkin revives interest in a fascinating period that has been relatively neglected in recent years.”
—Paul Spagnoli, History: Reviews of New Books

“It is an impressive demonstration of how the insights and methods of the new cultural history can enrich the history of the press.”
Journal of Modern History

“Popkin revives interest in a fascinating period that has been relatively neglected in recent years.”
—Paul Spagnoli, History: Reviews of New Books

“Popkin revives interest in a fascinating period that has been relatively neglected in recent years.”

—Paul Spagnoli, History: Reviews of New Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271021539
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy D. Popkin is Professor of History and Chair of the Department at the University of Kentucky. He has published a number of books on French history and the history of the press, including The Right-Wing Press in France, 1792-1800 (1980), News and Politics in the Age of Revolution: Jean Luzac's "Gazette de Leyde" (1989), Revolutionary News: The Press in France, 1789-1799 (1990), A History of Modern France (1994), and A Short History of the French Revolution (1998). Popkin is also editor of Panorama of Paris: Selections from Le Tableau de Paris by Louis-Sebastien Mercier (Penn State, 1999).

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
1 Newspapers, Journalists, and Public Space 23
2 The Press, Liberal Society, and Bourgeois Identity 67
3 Reshaping Journalistic Discourse: The Alternative Press in Lyon 105
4 Echoes of the Working Classes 135
5 Creating Events: Press Banquets and Press Trials in the July Monarchy 167
6 Textualizing Insurrection: The Press and the Lyon Revolts of 1831 and 1834 193
7 From Newspapers to Books: The Recasting of Revolutionary Narrative 229
Conclusion 263
App. 1 Sophie Grange, "Moi" and "A la femme" 271
App. 2 The Echo de la fabrique's Anniversary Salute to the Victims of the 1831 Workers' Insurrection 277
Notes 279
Bibliography 307
Index 321
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