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Urban Protest in Seventeeth Century France Book Review Summary

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Professor Beik examines in depth the interaction of crowds and authorities in the seventeenth century. Beik focuses his work on cities within France, to gain an understanding of the community reaction to outside pressure from the King such as implementing new taxes on the artisans.
Beik's work is dense and he uses a multitude of primary sources. The work is about urban protesters and how they tried to force the government to be fair through the only way they knew how. Their protests were often violent, they threw rock and burned houses, they killed and humiliated those who they blamed their opression on. This work details many of these urban protests.
The review of this Book prepared by Tania Mitrovic








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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   17th century History of a people?    -   Yes Nationality?    -   French Largely political history?    -   Yes Social history?    -   Yes Kind of political history    -   general revolution

Subjects of this Historical Account

Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Neutral From a certain profession/group?    -   simple laborers Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart

Setting

Small town?    -   Yes If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is very moderate

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   4 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   2 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Book makes you feel...    -   challenged How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses on brief history of a lot of players How much romance?    -   1 () Historical short story collection?    -   Yes Minor characters feature lots of:    -   blue collar types Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A handful Maps necessary?    -   Not enough maps Length of book    -   250-300 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   5 ()

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