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by Robert Darnton
Author: Robert Darnton
Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS LTD; New Ed edition (June 28, 2001)
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THE GREAT CAT MASSACRE is a study of the French mentality some two and a half centuries ag. I preferred the chapters on fairy tales, writers and the cat massacre, with the chapter on Rousseau coming in fourth.
THE GREAT CAT MASSACRE is a study of the French mentality some two and a half centuries ago. The ‘method’ is to take documents/events that make little sense to us (why would individuals massacre cats?) and then burrow into the subject, contextualize the events and, in the process, acquire a greater understanding of how the French mind worked (then). The bourgeois’ city was of less interest and the tree of knowledge chapter is hard to keep straight in your head, despite the lucidity of Darnton’s prose.
The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History is an influential collection of essays on French cultural history by the American historian Robert Darnton, first published in 1984. The book's title is derived from its most famous chapter which describes and interprets an unusual source detailing the "massacre" of cats by apprentice printers living and working on Rue Saint-Séverin in Paris during the late 1730s.
The Great Cat Massacre book. The Great Cat Massacre was in truth a rebellion of printshop workers who were essentially denied promotion because of the restrictive practices before unionisation. There was a craze at that time for print shops to have lots of cats around, so in retaliation to the print shop owners and their wives, they killed them all.
The landmark history of France and French culture in the eighteenth-century, a winner of the Los Angeles Times Book .
These are some of the provocative questions the distinguished Harvard historian Robert Darnton answers The Great Cat Massacre, a kaleidoscopic view of European culture during in what we like to call "The Age of Enlightenment.
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Darnton describes how, as the apprentices suffered hard conditions, they came to resent the favours which their masters gave to their cats, and contrived to deal with the nuisance cats by slaughtering them so as to distress their masters. Darnton interprets this as an early form of workers' protest.
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Robert Darnton has the inquisitiveness of an investigative reporter, the thoroughness of a rigorous scholar and the sensitivity of a novelist. - Stanley Hoffman, The New Republic. About the Author: Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library.