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The Vanishing Children of Paris: Rumor and Politics before the French Revolution
by Arlette Farge and Jacques Revel
translated by Claudia Mieville
Harvard University Press, 1991
Paper: 978-0-674-93194-7 | Cloth: 978-0-674-93193-0
Library of Congress Classification DC729.F3713 1991
Dewey Decimal Classification 944.36034

In the spring of 1750 a two-day series of riots erupted in Paris when the populace discovered that police were sweeping children off the streets in an overzealous attempt to control vagrancy. Arlette Farge and Jacques Revel use this bizarre incident and its colorful cast of actors to view broader issues such as the power of rumor, mob psychology, the exercise of authority, and the maintenance of peace in Paris under the ancien régime.

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