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Author Burton, Richard D. E., 1946-2008.

Title Blood in the city : violence and revelation in Paris, 1789-1945 / Richard D. E. Burton.

Published Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2001.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  944.36 BURT    AVAILABLE
Physical description xv, 395 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Paris à vol d'oiseau (1789-1914) -- Violent origins: the taking of the Bastille (July 1789) -- Killing the king: Place de la Révolution/Concorde (21 January 1793) -- Vendôme/Invalides: the Paris of the Bonapartes (1802-1871) -- Heart of the city: Place de Grève/Hôtel de Ville (1789-1871) -- The miraculous medal: Rue du Bac (1830) -- Killing the living, burying the dead: Père-Lachaise (1804-1945) -- Conversion? Paul Claudel at Notre-Dame (Christmas 1886) -- Church prowling: the back-to-front pilgrimage of Joris-Karl Huysmans (1884-1892)-- Marble versus iron: Sacré-Coeur and the Eiffel Tower (1871-1914) -- Operation Spring breeze: Rue des Rosiers, Vel' d'hiv', Drancy (July-August 1942) -- Purging the city: Paris libre (August 1944-October 1945) -- Conclusion: blood in the city, 1789-1945 -- Sacrificial victims: a chronology.
Summary The Terror of 1793-94, the Paris Commune of 1871, the Dreyfus Affair -- explosions of violence punctuated French history from the start of the Revolution until the Liberation at the close of World War II. The distinguished scholar Richard D. E. Burton here offers a stunningly original account of these outbursts, concluding that recourse to political violence was not occasional and abnormal but rather the usual pattern in French history.
Instead of adhering to conventional chronological lines, Blood in the City is structured topologically around a number of major Parisian "sites of memory," including Place de la Concorde, Sacre-Coeur, and the Eiffel Tower. For thirty years Burton has visited and revisited Paris, criss-crossing the streets on foot, and lived with great nineteenth- and twentieth-century literary depictions of the city. Drawing on historical, literary, visual, anthropological, and psychological sources, he develops a wide-ranging account of violence in modern French politics. In so doing, he provides powerful insights into political violence, scapegoating, the idea of sacrifice, and the widespread French obsession with conspiracy.
Burton demonstrates that time and again the same basic scenario has been acted out on the streets of Paris: one person or more would be singled out from the community and imprisoned, exiled, or, more often, subjected to violence by the crowd or the state. In particular, he explores how Catholicism -- in its extreme, ultra-reactionary form--shaped the worldviews of Parisians and how the killing of a sacrificial victim came to be seen as a reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ.
Subject Historic sites -- France -- Paris.
Violence -- France -- Paris -- History.
Paris (France) -- History -- 1789-1900.
Paris (France) -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 0801438683