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Sans-Culottes: An Eighteenth-Century Emblem in the French Revolution

Michael Sonenscher


This is a bold new history of the sans-culottes and the part they played in the French Revolution. It tells for the first time the real story of the name now usually associated with urban violence and popular politics during the revolutionary period. By doing so, it also shows how the politics and economics of the revolution can be combined to form a genuinely historical narrative of its content and course. To explain how an early eighteenth-century salon society joke about breeches and urbanity was transformed into a republican emblem, this book examines contemporary debates about Ciceronian, ... More

Keywords: sans-culottes, French Revolution, urban violence, popular politics, moral philosophy, Enlightenment, political philosophy, Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691180809
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691180809.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Sonenscher, author
University of Cambridge