Popular Rumour in Revolutionary Paris, 1792-1794

  • Lindsay Porter

Part of the War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850 book series (WCS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Lindsay Porter
    Pages 1-35
  3. Lindsay Porter
    Pages 105-134
  4. Lindsay Porter
    Pages 171-203
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    Pages 205-240
  6. Lindsay Porter
    Pages 241-246
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 247-267

About this book


This book examines the impact of rumour during the French Revolution, offering a new approach to understanding the experiences of those who lived through it. Focusing on Paris during the most radical years of the Jacobin republic, it argues that popular rumour helped to shape perceptions of the Revolution and provided communities with a framework with which to interpret an unstable world.

Lindsay Porter explores the role of rumour as a phenomenon in itself, investigating the way in which the informal authority of the ‘word on the street’ was subject to a range of historical and contemporary prejudices. Drawing its conclusions from police reports and other archival sources, this study examines the potential of rumour both to unite and to divide communities, as rumour and hearsay began to play an important role in defining and judging personal commitment to the Revolution and what it meant to be a citizen.


Jacobinism French Revolution soft power Terror citizenship

Authors and affiliations

  • Lindsay Porter
    • 1
  1. 1.ManchesterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-56966-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-56967-3
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