The First Barricades

Mark Traugott

in The Insurgent Barricade

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780520266322
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947733 | DOI:
The First Barricades

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This chapter determines the first barricades by reviewing the great Parisian insurrection of 1588. It notes that with the barricade, there can be no discrete, discoverable moment of origination, nor any readily specifiable inventor. It clarifies that the difference between history-as-lived and history-as-written has often been mediated by memorable events of presumed world-historical significance. It explains that this is notably the case with what has been dubbed the “First Day of the Barricades,” the incident that set in motion the downfall of the Valois dynasty in France.

Keywords: first barricades; great Parisian insurrection; First Day of the Barricades; Valois dynasty; France

Chapter.  13011 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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