The Crowd in the French Revolution

The Crowd in the French Revolution

The Crowd in the French Revolution

The Crowd in the French Revolution

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This book is the outcome of frequent visits to Paris and to Parisian archives and libraries during the past nine years. I should like, therefore, to express my warmest appreciation to the archivists and staff of the Archives Nationales, Archives de la Préfecture de Police, the departmental archives of the Seine, Seine-et-Oise, and Seine-et-Marne, and of the Bibliothèque Nationale and Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris for their never-failing co-operation, sympathetic interest, good humour, and goodwill.

More particularly my thanks are due to my friends and collaborators, Richard Cobb and Albert Soboul, who have always been lavish with ideas, advice, and information and generous in putting at my disposal the fruits of their own researches. Our collaboration has, indeed, been so close in recent years that it is difficult to determine precisely, in the present instance, where their particular contribution ends and my own begins. In a real sense, therefore, this book is an expression of collective, rather than of purely individual, enterprise. And by no means least has been the contribution made to it by Professor Georges Lefebvre, whose example, wise counsel, and friendly encouragement have placed me, as countless other students of the French Revolution, deeply in his debt.

I also wish to thank Professor Alfred Cobban for his help and guidance over a number of years, and Mr. Alun Davies for much helpful advice and for sharing with me the ungrateful task of proof-reading. And finally, my special gratitude is due to my wife, whose patience, understanding, and concern for my well-being have made the writing of this book a pleasure rather than a burden.

G. R.

15 June 1958 . . .

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