French Pamphlets at the Newberry: The Formation of the Concept of "Revolution" and Revolutionary Ideology | Newberry

French Pamphlets at the Newberry: The Formation of the Concept of "Revolution" and Revolutionary Ideology

Newberry Case FRC 16959-16968

Pierre Daunou, Discours prononcé …, 1795. Newberry Case FRC 16959-16968

Research Methods Workshop for Early-Career Graduate Students
Friday, January 31, 2014Saturday, February 1, 2014

10 am - 4:30 pm Friday, 10 am - noon Saturday

Room 101

Directed by Dale Van Kley, Ohio State University
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Renaissance Graduate Programs

See the director’s web page: Dale Van Kley, Ohio State University

Download a printable PDF flyer to post and distribute.

Workshop schedule

Friday, January 31

9 – 11:15: Workshop session 1

The Monarchical Origins of Revolutionary Ideology, led by Dale Van Kley

The French Revolution is all about the rise of the “Third Estate” or the “commoners” at the expense of the so-called “privileged” estates consisting of the nobility and clergy. The Revolution did nothing if it did not turn anti-aristocratic. Yet the Third Estate did not acquire an independent voice until the autumn of 1788 or early 1789 at the latest—the date of Sieyes’s famous “What is the Third Estate.”

Until then, advocacy of the cause of the Third Estate against the other two orders was part and parcel of royalist or monarchical propaganda against the “patriotic” and constitutionalist resistance by the Parlement of Paris against what it considered “ministerial despotism.” This development is abundantly clear in the pre-revolutionary and early revolutionary pamphlets, which also strongly suggest that the many municipal petitions on behalf of the doubling of the numbers of the Third Estate’s deputies and the vote by head in the future Estates General were “planted” and not entirely spontaneous. Archival research at the municipal level would be needed to test this hypothesis.

In any case, the French Revolution would have turned out very differently if in May 1789 the monarchy had had the courage of the propaganda it had demonstrably subsidized and resolutely taken the side of the Third Estate against the other two.

11:15 – 12: Obtain reader cards; library tour and orientation

12 – 1:30: Lunch break

1:30 – 2:30: Research methods session

An Overview of French Pamphlets at the Newberry, presented by Jessica Grzegorski, Senior Cataloging Projects Librarian, and Helen McGettrick, Reference Librarian

2:45 – 3:45: Session with Newberry pamphlets

4 – 4:45: Workshop session 2

Continuation of Monarchical Origins session and discussion

(note that the building closes at 5 pm on Fridays)

Saturday, February 1

10 – 10:30: Workshop session 3

Religious Origins of the French Revolution: Catholic Pamphlet Motifs

10:30 – 11:30: Session with Newberry pamphlets

11:45 – 12: Concluding discussion

We encourage participants to arrive a day early if possible to explore Newberry materials on their own in the Reading Rooms (open 9 am - 5 pm Tuesdays through Fridays and 9 am - 1 pm on Saturdays).

Eligibility: Graduate students in a terminal master’s program and those who have not yet completed comprehensive exams in a PhD program in a range of disciplines are encouraged to apply. Enrollment is limited. Students from Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies consortium member institutions have priority, in accordance with the consortium agreement, and fees are waived for them.

We encourage applications from students in history, literature in English and other languages, art history, religious studies, and other disciplines, as well as those studying French literature.

Prerequisite: Reading knowledge of French. The language of instruction will be English (fluency in speaking and oral comprehension of French is not necessary).

Travel funding: Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.

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