The Bastille: A History of a Symbol of Despotism and Freedom (Bicentennial Reflections on the French Revolution) pdf epub fb2

The Bastille: A History of a Symbol of Despotism and Freedom (Bicentennial Reflections on the French Revolution) by Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink, Rolf Reichardt, Norbert Schürer epub fb2 djvu

Author: Hans-Jürgen Lüsebrink, Rolf Reichardt, Norbert Schürer
Title: The Bastille: A History of a Symbol of Despotism and Freedom (Bicentennial Reflections on the French Revolution)
ISBN: 0822319020
ISBN13: 978-0822319023
Other Formats: lrf azw txt lrf
Pages: 328 pages
Publisher: Duke University Press Books (July 18, 1997)
Language: English
Size EPUB version: 1451 kb
Size FB2 version: 1389 kb
Category: History
Subcategory: Europe

This book is both an analysis of the Bastille as cultural paradigm and a case study on the history of French political culture. It examines in particular the storming and subsequent fall of the Bastille in Paris on July 14, 1789 and how it came to represent the cornerstone of the French Revolution, becoming a symbol of the repression of the Old Regime. Lüsebrink and Reichardt use this semiotic reading of the Bastille to reveal how historical symbols are generated; what these symbols’ functions are in the collective memory of societies; and how they are used by social, political, and ideological groups. To facilitate the symbolic nature of the investigation, this analysis of the evolving signification of the Bastille moves from the French Revolution to the nineteenth century to contemporary history. The narrative also shifts from France to other cultural arenas, like the modern European colonial sphere, where the overthrow of the Bastille acquired radical new signification in the decolonization period of the 1940s and 1950s. The Bastille demonstrates the potency of the interdisciplinary historical research that has characterized the end of this century, combining quantitative and qualitative approaches, and taking its methodological tools from history, sociology, linguistics, and cultural and literary studies.


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