Saturday, September 29, 2018
Review of 'Paris and London in the 18th Century'
And it's more than a bit repetitive, partly because it's actually a collection of essays once published separately, so it makes the same point again and again - mainly that 'the crowd' and 'the mob' consisted of respectable members of the 'lower orders' (artisans, craftsment, small shopkeepers) rather than either proletarians-in-formation or criminals and vagabonds. It also makes it clear that popular protest often wasn't about what we'd think of as progressive politics - in England there was always a strong element of chauvinism and Protestant supremacy.
Not a fun read though - I think I'd rather have re-read Mark Steel's Vive La Revolution again.