The Women of Paris and Their French Revolution / Edition 1

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During the French Revolution, hundreds of domestic and working-class women of Paris were interrogated, examined, accused, denounced, arrested, and imprisoned for their rebellious and often hostile behavior. Here, for the first time in English translation, Dominique Godineau offers an illuminating account of these female revolutionaries. As nurturing and ter as they are belligerent and contentious, these are not singular female heroines but the collective common women who struggled for bare subsistence by working in factories, in shops, on the streets, and on the home front while still finding time to participate in national assemblies, activist gatherings, and public demonstrations in their fight for the recognition of women as citizens within a burgeoning democracy. Relying on exhaustive research in historical archives, police accounts, and demographic resources at specific moments of the Revolutionary period, Godineau describes the private and public lives of these women within their precise political, social, historical, and gender-specific contexts. Her insightful and engaging observations shed new light on the importance of women as instigators, activists, militants, and decisive revolutionary individuals in the crafting and rechartering of their political and social roles as female citizens within the New Republic.

Author Biography: Dominique Godineau is Professor of Social Science at the Université de Rennes 2. This workoriginally appeared in French as Citoyennes tricoteuses: Les femmes du peuple à Paris pant la Révolution française.

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What People Are Saying

Bonnie G. Smith
A compelling book-length narrative of women in the French Revolution. Section on denunciation, the guillotine, and the nuances of political behavior are particularly fresh and interesting. -- Author of Confessions of a Concierge
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520067196
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/16/1998
  • Series: Studies on the History of Society and Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 428480
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Dominique Godineau is Professor of Social Science at the Université de Rennes 2. This work originally appeared in French as Citoyennes tricoteuses: Les femmes du peuple à Paris pendant la Révolution française.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface: Marianne's Hands
I Parisian Life in the French Revolution
1 Passersby 3
2 Family Relations of Women of the People 17
3 Women at Work 52
II Aspiring Citizens
4 Birth of the Female Sansculottes Movement, 1789-1793 97
5 Women as Guardians of the Nation 119
6 Light and Shadows, Summer 1793 135
7 Citizenship Denied, Autumn 1793 158
8 The Search for Basic Necessities, January-July 1794 175
III Revolutionary Daily Life of Women of the People
9 Political Culture and Female Sociability 197
10 Political Mentalite and Behavior of Women of the People 221
11. At the Margins of the Revolution 248
12. Sexual Difference and Equal Rights 268
IV A Mass Women's Movement
13 From the Militant Woman to Crowds of Women, November 1794-March 1795 295
14 Firebrands, April-May 1795 316
15 "Bread and the Constitution" 331
16 Women's Silence 347
Conclusion 365
App. 1 Chronology of the Revolution 369
App. 2 Sections of Paris 373
App. 3 Portraits of Militant Women 376
Index 401
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2003

    A must read book!

    Excellent book! I recommend it for anyone interested in learning the truth about a woman's role in history

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