Fragile Lives: Violence, Power, and Solidarity in Eighteenth-Century Paris
The rich and complex texture of working-class neighborhoods in eighteenth-century Paris comes vibrantly alive in this collage of the experiences of ordinary people--men and women, rich and poor, masters and servants, neighbors and colleagues. Exploring three arenas of conflict and solidarity--the home, the workplace, and the street--Arlette Farge offers the reader an intim...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Harvard University Press
(first published 1986)
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Fragile Lives covers the world of 18th century Paris and the common folk who inhabited it. There are three foci to this within the book. They are, women and children, labor, and crowds/phenomena. All in all this book was really amazing. The way in which Farge painted a pictured of the working classes of Paris using only archival evidence was quite astounding. That being said it was also a bit hard to get through, and the quirks of European history writing appear frequently in this book. That bei...more