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This major work, graphically describes the panic, paranoia, and social chaos that sparked the Revolution. One of France's great historians analyzes the causes of the mass hysteria that overcame rural France during the summer of 1789, as hungry villagers flocked into towns to look for work or to beg for charity, and as vagrants and beggars choked the rural roads, threatening reprisals against householders who refused to give them shelter or a crust of bread.

Originally published in 1983.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Table of Maps
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. Part I
  2. pp. 5-6
  1. 1. Hunger
  2. pp. 7-13
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  1. 2. The Wanderers
  2. pp. 14-23
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  1. 3. The Riots
  2. pp. 24-33
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  1. 4. The Beginnings of the Revolution and the First Peasant Revolts
  2. pp. 34-46
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  1. 5. The People in Arms and the First Outbreaks of Fear
  2. pp. 47-56
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  1. Part II
  2. pp. 57-58
  1. 1. Paris and the Idea of Conspiracy
  2. pp. 59-66
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  1. 2. How the News was Spread
  2. pp. 67-74
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  1. 3. The Reaction to the 'Plot' in the Provinces. I: The Towns
  2. pp. 75-90
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  1. 4. The Reaction to the 'Plot' in the Provinces. II: The Countryside
  2. pp. 91-99
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  1. 5. The Peasant Revolts
  2. pp. 100-121
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  1. 6.The Fear of Brigands
  2. pp. 122-134
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  1. Part III
  2. pp. 135-136
  1. 1. Characteristics of the Great Fear
  2. pp. 137-142
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  1. 2. The Original Panics
  2. pp. 143-147
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  1. 3. How the Panics Spread
  2. pp. 148-155
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  1. 4. The Warning Panics
  2. pp. 156-162
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  1. 5. The Relays
  2. pp. 163-169
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  1. 6. The Currents of the Great Fear
  2. pp. 170-197
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  1. 7. The Later Fears
  2. pp. 198-201
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  1. 8. The Consequences of the Great Fear
  2. pp. 202-209
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 210-212
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 213-216
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  1. Bibliographical Notes
  2. pp. 217-224
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  1. Index of Place Names
  2. pp. 225-234
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400855797
MARC Record
OCLC
899261301
Pages
250
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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