The Affair of the Plan de l'Olivier. Sense of Place and Popular Politics in Nineteenth-Century France.

B.J.J. Rulof*

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In France, the Revolution of 1848 reshaped politics as it drew heretofore excluded groups into politics. In Montpellier, these changes provoked contests over the place of new citizens in the body politic and urban space. In August 1848 tensions reached their zenith as royalist residents of a lower-class neighbourhood clashed with the forces of order, Moreover, they defended their neighbourhood from intrusions on the part of their political opponents. Not only did these struggles concern the issue of command over space, but they also showed that the purportedly uncouth men intended to take part in the formulation of politics too.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-343
JournalCultural and Social History
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

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