The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History (Google eBook)

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Basic Books, 2009 - History - 298 pages
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When the apprentices of a Paris printing shop in the 1730s held a series of mock trials and then hanged all the cats they could lay their hands on, why did they find it so hilariously funny that they choked with laughter when they reenacted it in pantomim
  

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User Review  - Lode Goukens - Goodreads

Interesting but sometimes too elaborate and even boring. Read full review

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User Review  - Rachel Cleves - Goodreads

The title essay is one of the greatest history essays I've ever read. Worth the price of the book alone. It may change the way you understand history as a discipline, it certainly had that effect on many in the academy. Just do it. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
The Great Cat Massacre of
75
The Anatomy
145
The Fabrication
215
Conclusion
257
Index
285
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About the author (2009)

Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library. A MacArthur Fellow, he is the author of the National Book Critics Circle award-winning The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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