Politics, Culture, and Class in the French Revolution

Lynn Hunt


Politics, Culture, and Class in the French Revolution

Politics, Culture, and Class in the French Revolution

  • Title: Politics, Culture, and Class in the French Revolution
  • Author: Lynn Hunt
  • ISBN: 9780520241565
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Paperback



When this book was published in 1984, it reframed the debate on the French Revolution, shifting the discussion from the Revolution s role in wider, extrinsic processes such as modernization, capitalist development, and the rise of twentieth century totalitarian regimes to its central political significance the discovery of the potential of political action to consciouslWhen this book was published in 1984, it reframed the debate on the French Revolution, shifting the discussion from the Revolution s role in wider, extrinsic processes such as modernization, capitalist development, and the rise of twentieth century totalitarian regimes to its central political significance the discovery of the potential of political action to consciously transform society by molding character, culture, and social relations In a new preface to this twentieth anniversary edition, Hunt reconsiders her work in the light of the past twenty years scholarship.


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Politics, Culture, and Class in the French Revolution, Lynn Hunt, 2004. This is an intellectual examination of the process of revolution and Hunt is less interested in the origins and consequences of revolution; instead, she pursues a systematic discussion on the means by which revolutionary rhetoric propagates revolutionary themes. Distinctive from the traditional Tocquevillian or Marxist interpretation of the Revolution, which emphasizes origins in terms of mass or economy, Hunt's revisionism [...]

Read this for grad school, but as I'm sitting here trying to formulate thoughts about Hunt's argument, I'm having a hard time working through her rhetoric The irony isn't lost on me - she devotes a whole chapter to deciphering revolutionary rhetoric. I'm not sure I'd be able to use much of what I pulled from this with my students, but there were some studies that demonstrated the political aspect of revolution varied throughout the country as smaller cities and villages shifted political views a [...]

Lynn Hunts studie av franska revolutionen betraktas idag som en klassiker. Innan Hunt hade de dominerande perspektiven på franska revolutionens historia varit marxistiska eller tillhört den "revisionistiska" tradition som kritiserade marxisterna. Hunts bok är i sin tur en kritik av alla de tidigare perspektiven. Hennes analys fokuserar inte på ekonomiska och sociala strukturer eller klasskampen så mycket som på den politiska sfären. En av hennes centrala teser är att franska revolutionen [...]

Author Lynn Hunt argues for the centrality of the process of the French Revolution and its impact on politics and culture demonstrated by the formation of a new political society. Rather than focus on deterministic causes leading to revolution, Hunt investigates the development of a new political culture complete with its own language, symbols, images, and gestures. This is a book about the interplay of politics on culture and of society on politics. Hunt provides a complete overview of the hist [...]

This book is Lynn Hunt’s reaction to an academy inundated with Marxist interpretations of the French Revolution. Hunt’s shifts focus from the social to the political, yet her monograph is hardly a step backward. She utilizes “new cultural history” to reexamine the emerging political culture of 1790s France. Hunt asserts that dominant structuralist theories of the era—including Modernization theorists and Marxists—have constructed nothing more than tautologies: they propose theories a [...]

Hunt skirts the edge of severely retarded postmodern analysis with this work on the rhetoric and symbols of the new political language created by the exigencies of the French Revolution. If only pushed a little further, her work could reach the level of inanity, as apparently she did in a work on gender and the FR which I found mocked in another historical work. However, she manages this tight-rope walk by sticking to the fact of the FR's adherents' clearly stated goal of a tabula rasa and the w [...]

A truly magnificent book for anyone interested in the cultural impact of the French Revolution, from its symbols to its psychology. Too many books on this period focus only on the political culture, ignoring the entire point of the political movement: the people, and the upheaval of their everyday lives. This book effortlessly links them, making clear the two currents are inextricable. Highly recommended for anyone interested in understanding this period of history.

The first half of this book poses a really thought provoking analysis on the French revolutionary culture which I found fascinating. While the second part is a really interesting analysis of primary sources, it really starts to turn into 100 pages of facts more so than the strong analysis of the first part.

meh - the politics of revolution as a Mobius loop blah, blah. Hunt's a bit too po-mo for my tastes.

Another must read French Revolution Book.

Not every part is interesting, but the overall argument about the importance of the democratic aspects of the Revolution and how politics changed is superb.


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