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How the French invented the barricade, and its symbolic impact on popular protests throughout historyIn the history of European revolutions, the barricade is a glorious emblem, especially the barricades of Paris, which graced all the revolts of the nineteenth century. The barricade was always a makeshift construction—the word derives frombarrique, or barrel—but it served as an offensive tactic in narrow city streets, enmeshing the forces of repression. Barricades were also a theatrical stage, from where insurgents could harangue soldiers and subvert their allegiance, and their symbolic power remained alive in the historic French protests of May 1968 and the Occupy movements. In a series of concise chapters, Eric Hazan traces the many stages in the barricade’s evolution, from the Wars of Religion through the Paris Commune, drawing on observations from contemporary thinkers.
Number of Pages: 132
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Eric Hazan
Street Date: November 10, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-6584
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