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Forest Rites: The War of the Demoiselles in Nineteenth-Century France Peter Sahlins

Forest Rites: The War of the Demoiselles in Nineteenth-Century France

Peter Sahlins

Published July 15th 1998
ISBN : 9780674308961
Paperback
188 pages
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In May 1829, strange reports surfaced from the Ariege department in the French Pyrenees, describing male peasants, bizarrely dressed in womens clothes, gathering in the forests at night to chase away state guards and charcoalmakers. This was theMoreIn May 1829, strange reports surfaced from the Ariege department in the French Pyrenees, describing male peasants, bizarrely dressed in womens clothes, gathering in the forests at night to chase away state guards and charcoalmakers. This was the raucous War of the Demoiselles, a protest against the national French Forest Code of 1827, which restricted peasants rights to use state and private forests. Peter Sahlins unravels the fascinating story of this celebrated popular uprising, and in his telling captures the cultural, historical and political currents that swept the countryside during Frances July 1830 Revolution.