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The Insurgent Barricade

Pamela Pilbeam reviews a book on barricades and the culture of revolution that should make students think, provoke debate, and take the topic further.

Barricades: The War of the Streets in Revolutionary Paris, 1830-1848

This substantial volume is about more and less than the title indicates. Jill Harsin, known to specialists of nineteenth-century France for her earlier book, Policing Prostitution in Nineteenth-Century France (Princeton University Press; Princeton, 1985) has here produced a detailed narrative of the role of Paris artisans in revolution and popular unrest between 1830 and 1848.Continue reading “Barricades: The War of the Streets in Revolutionary Paris, 1830-1848”

Victorian Babylon. People, Streets and Images in Nineteenth-Century London

This volume seeks to display mid-nineteenth century views on modernity as well as to investigate aspects of modernisation in Victorian London. Observers then and now could not and cannot help but note the piecemeal re-development of London in this period, compared, for instance, with Paris. British contemporaries were inclined to attribute the difference to theContinue reading “Victorian Babylon. People, Streets and Images in Nineteenth-Century London”

Contagion. Disease Government and the ‘Social Question’ in Nineteenth-Century France

This book began life some years ago as a doctoral thesis, prepared under the direction of John Merriman. It is an investigation of conflicting nineteenth-century theories on contagion. Some experts thought that illness was brought in from outside society, particularly by immigrants, others that disease arose from within through a combination of physical and moralContinue reading “Contagion. Disease Government and the ‘Social Question’ in Nineteenth-Century France”