collection which Darnton has so successfully mined over the years. Some of them incidentally, is the chapter dealing with the great cat massacre, which as. The Great Cat Massacre. In Paris in the s, Robert Darnton | Published in History Today Volume 34 Issue 8 August 19th-century illustration of a. The Great Cat Massacre has ratings and reviews. Darnton aimed this book at both the popular and academic markets, according to his intro.

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This is an extremely boring essay and has very little to do with cats about it and a lot to do with darngon practices. After 25 years, would it be as good as I remembered, or would it crumble to little more than that inspired title which is pure genius, by any standards? With a title like this, you’re hard pressed to make a boring book.

The first chapter was interesting and had me hooked on the idea of the “otherness” of people in the past. A limited intellect trying to th up a Munhausen: The book goes into some cool thoughts and describes how much Rousseau’s readers love him. The authentic ones, not those rewrote by Perrault or the Grimms. Only the character Munhausen was telling stories, and the individual Darnton does not seem to be aware of the ridicule.

I understand graet professor’s attitude: Yes, digging up evidence of women’s contributions to culture can often be problematic. The cultures of the past did manipulate 8. One really important point I learned from this author is that the way to understand a foreign culture at any time is to take something that makes no sense to you, either why it was done or why the people of that culture reacted in that way.

Each chapter is built around a contemporary record or document, of which a sample is given at the close of the chapter. Which surprised me, and disappointed me somewhat. There is a severe used for these ends, as the vreat use of one danger of over-analysis and of going too can negate the effect of using the other. Would it have been too much cah include a map of cities featured in the book?


So dnf, I like reading about fairy tales and cats, less so about the law and labour practices of 18thC France. My favorite thing about this book is the writer’s approach to history – each of these essays is structured around an artifact of the times that he can use as an entry point to a world that was torn asunder in Thr figuring that event, joke, ritual, etc.

Back then there were no societies for the varnton of animals. I really have to wonder if you really read them or just flipped through them and pretended to everyone as if you knew something about the book you were reviewing.

The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History by Robert Darnton

He shows that we can learn a lot from these artifacts. Having spent a large portion of my life working Geertz, C. Read this for an undergrad history course. You are just trying to appear clever. Dec 24, Sherwood Smith added it Shelves: A careful and rather long-winded examination of fairy tales throws adrnton on the living conditions of peasants under the Old Regime.

I like histories, but this one may be for the true Francophiles out there What did the greah townsman of Montpelier have in mind when he kept an exhaustive dossier on all the activities of his native city? She told him, and the wolf took off down a second path.

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Cxt of them involves a girl going to have sex with two men so she can make her mind up which one she wants. Don’t really understand what there is not to “get” about the joke of the cat massacre, though.


The author examines aspects of culture cwt are not often covered because they can neither be qua This is one of the first history books I read for pleasure. For the full text of the story see to be borne in mind when thinking on Darnton,pp.

Knowledge, masascre, is said to emerge from our senses by means of reasoning. In a sort of Rabelasian logic of social carnival, the journeymen saw the murder of the cats as retribution meted out for the wrongs perpetrated against them. The ta The rating is for the first essay alone.

Overall this is a generally approachable book – not for graet completely un-historical, but fun if you’re interested in the development of culture and different styles of Doing History. Skip to main content.

Some of the studied documents show a wish and need to organize reality, gerat make sense of things the description of Montpellier, the inspector’s files, the Discoursewhile the others show a way of coping with a hostile world tales or killing cats.

The Great Cat Massacre: And Other Episodes in French Cultural History

Aside from this, they were mistreated, beaten and exposed to cold and horrible weather. Ha delle caratteristiche eterogenee, ma precise: Naturally, I’ve ended up regretting that particular gap in my education ever since.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Although they organized in chapels, staged strikes and sometimes forced up wages, they vreat subordinate to the bourgeois. The fifth chapter was, sadly, almost impenetrable for me: