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

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Between 1830 and 1848, Paris was rocked by two successful revolutions, three failed insurrections, and seven serious assassination attempts against King Louis-Phillippe and his sons. The June Days of 1848 - the worst urban insurrection in history until that time - finally brought this period to a close. Using a wide variety of sources, including detailed court records and hundreds of depositions of witnesses and suspects, Jill Harsin examines revolutionary republicanism during the violent underground movement of the July Monarchy, and describes these events in vivid detail. The lives of 'ordinary men' are captured in their own words as Harsin illuminates the political aspirations of the working class. Harsin's original writing style and compelling discussions shed new light on the particular turbulence of this era, a period of disruption that stemmed from the contemporary working class codes of masculinity and honour.

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Honor

  2. Insurrection

  3. Assassination

  4. Recrimination

  5. Defeat


"...a vigorous, spirited narrative that brings the fascinating heyday of the revolution to life in vivid detail."-Colgate Scene

" entertaining and important study of the revolutionary violence that rocked Paris between 1830 and 1848." - G.P. Cox, Choice

"Harsin tells a rattling good tale that one cannot imagine improving upon. The time and space Harsin gives her characters here allows them to breathe like human beings, to come alive to us in their passions and their contradictions and inhabit the historical stage." - Robert Nye, Professor of History, Oregon State University

"Harsin uses newspaper accounts, court transcripts and memoirs to bring readers inside the minds of these desperate Republicans and their doomed rebellions." - Publishers Weekly

About the author

JILL HARSIN is Associate Professor of History at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. She is the author of Policing Prostitution in Nineteenth-Century Paris.

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