The 19th century was the golden age of private life, a time when the tentative self-consciousness of the Renaissance and earlier eras took recognizable form, and the supreme individual, with a political, scientific and above all existential value, emerged. Volume Four of this award-winning series chronicles this development from the tumult of the French Revolution to the outbreak of World War I - a century and a quarter of rapid, ungovernable change culminating in a conflict that, at a stroke, altered life in the Western world.
Georges Duby, a member of the Academie Francaise, is Professor of Medieval History at the College de France. Michelle Perrot is Professor of Contemporary History at the Universite de Paris VII. Arthur Goldhammer received the French-American Translation Prize in 1990 for his translation of A Critical Dictionary of the French Revolution.
Introduction by Michelle Perrot 1. The Curtain Rises by Lynn Hunt, Catherine Hall Introduction by Michelle Perrot The Unstable Boundaries of the French Revolution The Sweet Delights of Home 2. The Actors by Michelle Perrot, Anne Martin-Fugier Introduction by Michelle Perrot The Family Triumphant Roles and Characters Bourgeois Rituals 3. Scenes and Places by Michelle Perrot, Roger-Henri Guerrand At Home Private Spaces 4. Backstage by Alain Corbin Introduction by Michelle Perrot The Secret of the Individual Intimate Relations Cries and Whispers Conclusion by Michelle Perrot Notes Bibliography Credits Index