Press, Revolution, and Social Identities in France, 1830-1835

Press, Revolution, and Social Identities in France, 1830-1835

by Jeremy D. Popkin


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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 claiming to speak for workers, for women, and for the local interests of Lyon appeared. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271021522
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 10/28/2001
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvii
1Newspapers, Journalists, and Public Space23
2The Press, Liberal Society, and Bourgeois Identity67
3Reshaping Journalistic Discourse: The Alternative Press in Lyon105
4Echoes of the Working Classes135
5Creating Events: Press Banquets and Press Trials in the July Monarchy167
6Textualizing Insurrection: The Press and the Lyon Revolts of 1831 and 1834193
7From Newspapers to Books: The Recasting of Revolutionary Narrative229
Appendix 1Sophie Grange, "Moi" and "A la femme"271
Appendix 2The Echo de la fabrique's Anniversary Salute to the Victims of the 1831 Workers' Insurrection277

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