Private Lives and Public Affairs: The Causes Célèbres of Prerevolutionary France

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University of California Press, Dec 8, 1993 - History - 354 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Social Imagery of Political Crisis 17711773
19
The RoseGirl of Salency From Theatricality to Rhetoric
68
Private Lives and Public Affairs UpperClass Scandal 17741778
112
The Diamond Necklace Affair 17851786
167
Innocent Blood Avenged Emplotting Judicial Reform 17851786
212
Domestic Drama and the Social Contract
263
Conclusion
313
Bibliography
325
Index
339
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Sarah Maza is Professor of History at Northwestern University and the author of Servants and Masters in Eighteenth-Century France: The Uses of Loyalty (1983).

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