The French Revolution in Culture and Society

The French Revolution in Culture and Society

The French Revolution in Culture and Society

The French Revolution in Culture and Society


This volume examines the issue of the timing of cultural change, problems of Revolutionary anticipations and reverberations, and the relationship between culture, politics, and society. The essays combine both old and new approaches, ranging from textual analysis to the study of local judicial records, from the psychohistorical to the demographic. But they all demonstrate, in very timely fashion, the usefulness of linking social and cultural history, broadly conceived, and of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of events.


Norwood Andrews, Jr. and Alfred Cismaru

As directors of The Forgers of the French Revolution: 1750-1815, the symposium which was held on the campus of Texas Tech University from 6 to 8 October 1988 and which gave rise to this volume, we take pleasure in extending our thanks for their material support to the Executive Vice President and Provost; the Dean of Arts and Sciences; the Chairs of the Departments of Art, Classical and Romance Languages, English, Germanic and Slavic Languages, History, Political Science, and Theatre Arts; the Director of the Library; the Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections; the Director of the School of Music, and the graduate and undergraduate students of the Eta Sigma Phi, Phi Alpha Theta, Pi Delta Phi, and Sigma Delta Pi Honor Fraternities.

We wish publicly to thank Mayor B. C. (Peck) McMinn for proclaiming the week of 6 through 12 October 1988 French Revolution Week in Lubbock, Texas; the Rt. Rev. Sam Hulsey for his hospitality in inviting the symposium to use the facilities of the Episcopal Center of Northwest Texas; and the Crossed Keys Package Store, Furr's Incorporated, and the Pheasant Ridge Winery for their generous assistance.

It is our further pleasure to express our gratitude to the French Consulate in Houston, especially to Dr. Jean Bacot, Attaché Scientifique et Culturel, for support provided during the symposium and, afterward, during the preparation of this volume.

As a final word, we would add that, while we regret the impossibility of somehow including in the volume the musical performance "Airs and Chansons of the French Revolution," offered during the symposium by our colleague William Hartwell and members of the music faculty, we are nevertheless pleased to announce that a cassette recording may be obtained from Professor Hartwell at the Texas Tech School of Music.

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