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.
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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