The Crowd in History: A Study of Popular Disturbances in France and England, 1730-1848

The role of ordinary people during some crucial turning points in modern history.
The Crowd in History A Study of Popular Disturbances in France and England The role of ordinary people during some crucial turning points in modern history

  • Title: The Crowd in History: A Study of Popular Disturbances in France and England, 1730-1848
  • Author: George Rudé
  • ISBN: 9781897959473
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Crowd in History: A Study of Popular Disturbances in France and England, 1730-1848”

    1. Rudé is one of the great 20th century historians of Europe, and a fine practitioner of history from below. In this case he explores the role and place of the crowd as a historical force and actor focusing on late 1th and early 19th centuries, considering rural and urban, French and English crowds as political forces, historical actors, as 'rioters' and revolutionaries and taking in such well known events as the French revolution and more little known cases such as 'Captain Swing' in England and [...]

    2. For a Marxist historian, Rude's innovative analysis of social unrest where and when the titles suggests is anything but. His real contribution is to slough off either the Taine-esque "mob" or the equally muddying "people". "Class" as a definer is also tossed aside for a more nuanced, case-by-case examination of why people rebel and revolt. It is usually because they are a) hungry, b) poor, c) oppressed, or d) all of the above. Rude connected the nature of disturbances + crowd motivation with the [...]

    3. "the forcible reduction of the price of food by riot. the crowd itself conducted the sale The old practice of official intervention to protect the poor against famine prices had been abandoned sufficiently recently to live on in popular memory" (44).

    4. Another elitist Marxist historian who is convinced that the proletariat is only driven by material need and not by ideology or other cultural factors.

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