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The Vanishing Children of Paris

The Vanishing Children of Paris

Rumor and Politics before the French Revolution

Arlette Farge, Jacques Revel

Translated by Claudia Mieville

ISBN 9780674931947

Publication date: 10/15/1993

In the spring of 1750 a two-day series of riots erupted in Paris when the populace discovered that police were sweeping children off the streets in an overzealous attempt to control vagrancy. Arlette Farge and Jacques Revel use this bizarre incident and its colorful cast of actors to view broader issues such as the power of rumor, mob psychology, the exercise of authority, and the maintenance of peace in Paris under the ancien régime.

Author

  • Arlette Farge is Director of Research in Modern History, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris.

Book Details

  • 144 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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