March 27, 2013
- State and Nation at the Crossroads
- Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
- Location: Room 180, Leslie F. Malpass Library
- Description: University Libraries is pleased to host Ed Woell as he presents State and Nation at the Crossroads: Why Small Towns Mattered in the French Revolution on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Noon in the Leslie F. Malpass Library, room 180.
Popular views of the French Revolution rarely extend beyond the Bastille being stormed and the Guillotine lopping off heads, thereby staying confined to where these took place: Paris. Yet because this revolution was based on the notion that the people were sovereign, what was done in the space where the vast majority of French citizens dwelt —the countryside—was no less critical to this event’s outcome. In this talk, Professor Edward Woell will argue that small towns in rural France were sites of the Revolution’s “crossroads” in several senses of this term. These towns, whose populations ranged from 1,500 to 12,000, formed a vital nexus between the state (the central government) and the nation (a people with a common identity and purpose) amid a new political culture that revered both. Drawn from his primary research, Professor Woell’s talk is premised on the idea that since small towns were the most frequent place where the governed and the government met in the French Revolution, the exchange between these two potent forces within such locales yielded and sustained this event’s most common traits.
The discussion is free and open to the public, and attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch. Any questions, please contact Bill Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tammy Sayles at email@example.com or by calling 309-298-3298.
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