Barricades and the Culture of Revolution

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:
Barricades and the Culture of Revolution

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This chapter relates the shift discussed in the previous chapter to the displacement of an early-modern repertoire of collective action by its modern equivalent. This highlights the fact that the barricade is all but unique in having survived the wholesale elimination of the methods of contention in widespread use in the eighteenth century and earlier and their replacement by new ones introduced in the nineteenth century, which remain familiar up to the present. It explains that the study of the barricade not only clarifies a particular form of insurrectionary behavior but also shows how people select, sustain, and symbolize the forms of contention through which they seek to achieve their collective aspirations.

Keywords: early-modern repertoire; collective action; barricade; eighteenth century; nineteenth century; insurrectionary behavior; revolution

Chapter.  7878 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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