The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History

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Vintage Books, 1985 - History - 298 pages
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When the apprentices of a Paris printing shop in the 1730's 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 pantomime some twenty times? Why in the 18th century version of "Little Red Riding Hood" did the wolf eat the child at the end? What did the anonymous townsman of Montpelier have in mind when he kept an exhaustive dossier on all the activities of his native city? These are some of the provocative questions Robert Darnton attempts to answer in this dazzling series of essays that probe the ways of thought in what we like to call "The Age of Enlightenment."

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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

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Section 1
3
Section 2
9
Section 3
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About the author (1985)

Robert Darnton is the Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of European History at Princeton University. His many books include The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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