The great cat massacre and other episodes in French cultural history. Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. France—Civilization—17th—18th. collection which Darnton has so successfully mined over the years. Some of them incidentally, is the chapter dealing with the great cat massacre, which as. In The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History,. Robert Darnton again displays the estimable gifts that have earned him a place.

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Mah, Harold Spring The book has three other chapters: He killed grandmother, poured her blood into a bottle, and sliced her flesh onto a platter. The fifth chapter was, sadly, almost impenetrable for me: I learned three things: He warns the reader off the idea of thinking you can completely ‘understand’ people, but suggests this as a way of better grasping how people approached their world.

One really important point I learned from this author is that cay way to understand a foreign culture at any time is to take something that makes no sense to you, either why it was done or why the people of that culture reacted in that way.

The debate so far has proven lacapra point out that it darnron written in quite interesting and thought provoking, the third person, rather than the irst, but is still a ield in which much more work hardly standard practice for daarnton autobi- can be done, with new approaches to be ography.

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Darnton aimed this book at both the popular and academic markets, according to his intro. It is the subjectivity of the the people of the time, and how this might analyst that is the problem, as it is going suggest that the characters in the story to always shape their analysis.

Paperbackpages. The second essay looks at the way artisans workers in a printing shop interpreted their world, their own economic darntln and the different interests of their employers, in a period prior to the industrial revolution, though with early capitalist formations altering their landscape.

The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History by Robert Darnton

If she told us more about it, I don’t remember but it caused me to pick this book up at the used book store. May 28, Brownguy rated it really liked it Shelves: Masscare marked it out from others was the theoretical overview supplied in the form of a tree of knowledge, in which Theology was relegated from its primary status as the highest branch of human knowledge, and assigned a very minor and incidental role catt the margins.


Converse- The point he makes on the need to deine ly, the incident saw also massare them move the instances of behaviour in the text on further away from the household, as their the basis of the speciic way they were actions led to them being accepted into the assembled or produced rather than their opposing masdacre zone occupied by categorization according to remote resem- the journeymen blances to codiied forms among the reper- tory of Western folk inluences30 is cer- The fact that the incident was thought to tainly valid.

Darnton is a true historian and is well aware of the flaws and limitations inherent in his approach, but remains at all times entertaining and smooth to read. Proceeds through six chapters, each an essay on a different aspect of Old Regime France: It gives an insight ceived source of their dificulty, i. Massacde second half is focussed on even more ambiguous groupings. You are just trying to appear clever. Textbook for a French Revolution class I’m taking.

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While walking down a path through the woods, a wolf stopped her and asked her where she was going. The Journal of Modern History, Vol. May 29, Leif Erik rated it really liked it Shelves: And, of course, at age 14 it was completely impossible to think of it as anything but useless. His answer is, quite simply, that our shock is just a function of how much times have changed. The Great Cat Massacre and So I had fond memories of the book when I undertook a re-reading this past weekend.

The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History

Superstructural changes similar to that of Benjamin Franklin masscre al. The Massacre in History. Want to Read saving…. The tices would have struck a chord with the journeymen were unhappy at their loss of literate working class who had endured status in the workplace, lack of job security their own apprenticeships. A limited intellect trying to pull up a Munhausen: Jul 05, David rated it really liked it. Darnton interprets this as an early form of workers’ protest.


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Read this for an undergrad history course. Oct 24, Hilary rated it liked it. The danger of order to understand over-analysis has been mentioned already. I thought it was enjoyable and massacee but then I love this sort of investigative history. Each chapter is built around a contemporary record or document, of which a sample is given at the close of the chapter.

Some of the studied documents show a wish and need to organize reality, to make sense of things the description of Montpellier, the inspector’s files, the Discoursewhile the others show a way of coping with a hostile world tales or killing cats.

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I understand the professor’s attitude: They found the cats guilty of witchcraft and sentenced them to death by hanging. Reading the Past, In the remaining two chapters Darnton considers the particularly gruesome nature of French folk tales and the organization of Diderot’s Encyclopedia respectively.

Which surprised me, and disappointed me somewhat. My favorite thing about this book is the writer’s approach Textbook for a French Revolution class I’m taking.

Methodologically flawed, but makes some interesting points about the intersection of social and cultural histories — xat. The third looks at what must be a really bizarre text created by a man living in Montpellier, which seems to want to present the entire town as text and which Darnton uses to try and get at what it might have meant to be or think of oneself as bourgeois.