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Private Lives and Public Affairs: The Causes Célèbres of Prerevolutionary France
From 1770 to 1789 a succession of highly publicized cases riveted the attention of the French public. Maza argues that the reporting of these private scandals had a decisive effect on the way in which the French public came to understand public issues in the years before the Revolution.
Paperback, 354 pages
Published May 11th 1995 by University of California Press
(first published 1993)
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Maza’s book chronicles some of the most public court cases in Pre-Revolutionary France. The cases themselves are an interesting insight to legal actions between people, most specifically between the Second and Third Estates. Maza’s focus, however, is on how the cases written as memoires judiciaires, or trial briefs, helped to shape the change in public opinion in pre-Revolutionary France. An excellent read for those who study the causes of the French Revolution