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By Patrick Sénécal

ISBN-10: 2922145441

ISBN-13: 9782922145441

Il était une fois... Alice, une jeune fille curieuse, délurée, fonceuse et intelligente de Brossard. À dix-huit ans, poussée par son besoin d'affirmation de soi, elle décide qu'il est temps de quitter le cégep et le cocon familial pour aller vivre sa vie là où tout est attainable, c'est-à-dire dans l. a. métropole. À los angeles suite d'une rencontre fortuite dans le métro, Alice aboutit dans un quartier dont elle n'a jamais entendu parler et où les gens sont extrêmement bizarres. Mais c'est general, non ? Elle est à Montréal et dans toute grande ville qui se respecte, il y a plein d'excentriques, comme Charles ou Verrue, d'illuminés, comme Andromaque ou Chess, et d'êtres encore plus inquiétants, comme Bone et Chair… Alice s'installe donc et mord à pleines dents dans l. a. vie, prête à tout pour se tailler une position. Or, elle ne peut savoir que là où elle a élu home, l'expression être « prêt à tout » revêt un sens très particulier…

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To what degree, for example, do administrative records overrepresent popular turbulence in and around major administrative centers? 15 John Markoff, "The Social Geography of Rural Revolt at the Beginning of the French Revolution", American Sociological Review 50 ( 1985): 761-81; "Contexts and Forms of Rural Revolt: France in 1789", Journal of Conflict Resolution 30 ( 1986): 253-89; "Literacy and Revolt: Some Empirical Notes on 1789 in France", American Journal of Sociology 92 ( 1986): 323-49; "Peasant Grievances and Peasant Insurrection".

Other scholars managed to find the time to answer queries about their own work or let me make use of their unpublished or even unfinished research. For these and other sorts of help I thank Timothy Tackett, Melvin Edelstein, Anthony Crubaugh, Nancy Fitch, Cynthia Bouton, Jean Nicolas, -xvii- André Fel, Bernard Sinsheimer, Donald Sutherland, Bryant Ragan, Steven Reinhardt, Thomas Fox, Jeffrey Merrick, Hilton Root, Lionel Rothkrug, Lloyd Moote, and Sarah Maza. ) Many, many others I can only thank collectively--my students, colleagues, friends--for putting up with my obsessions.

By the fall of 1789, the seigneurial regime had become the target of choice of insurrectionary peasants, and remained so for the next three years, although at some moments and in some places other targets were attractive as well. So what needs to be explained is not just how the structures of French society formed an antiseigneurial peasantry, but how peasants with a variety of grievances came to turn to antiseigneurial struggle in the course of revolution and to make antiseigneurial actions the dominant as well as most distinctive form of insurrection of the entire period 1788-93.

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