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Author Walton, G. Charles (George Charles), 1966-

Title Policing public opinion in the French Revolution : the culture of calumny and the problem of free speech / Charles Walton.

Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.


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 UniM Bail  303.3760944 WALT    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiii, 334 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-315) and index.
Contents Pt. I. The Old Regime -- 1. Policing in the Old Regime -- 2. The Culture of Calumny and Honor -- 3. Imagining Press Freedom and Limits in the Enlightenment -- 4. From the Cahiers de doleances to the Declaration of Rights -- Pt. II. The French Revolution -- 5. From Lese-Nation to the Law of Suspects: Legislating Limits -- 6. Oaths, Honor, and the Sacred Foundations of Authority -- 7. From Local Repression to High Justice: Limits in Action -- 8. Policing the Moral Limits: Public Spirit, Surveillance, and the Remaking of Moeurs.
Summary "In the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, French revolutionaries proclaimed the freedom of speech, religion, and opinion. Censorship was abolished, and France appeared to be on a path toward tolerance, pluralism, and civil liberties. A mere four years later, the country descended into a period of political terror during which thousands were arrested, tried, and executed for crimes of expression and opinion." "With the collapse in 1789 of institutions responsible for regulating honor and morality, calumny proliferated, as did obsessions with it. Drawing on wideranging sources, from National Assembly debates to local police archives, Walton shows how struggles to set legal and moral limits on free speech led to the radicalization of politics, and eventually to the brutal liquidation of "calumniators" and fanatical efforts to rebuild society's moral foundation during the Terror of 1793-1794." "With its emphasis on how revolutionaries drew upon cultural and political legacies of the Old Regime, this study sheds new light on the origins of the Terror and the French Revolution, as well as the history of free expression."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Freedom of speech -- France -- History.
Censorship -- France -- History.
Civil rights -- France -- History -- 18th century.
France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799.
ISBN 9780195367751 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0195367758 (hardcover : alk. paper)