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British Writers and Paris 1830–1875$
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Elisabeth Jay

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199655243

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655243.001.0001

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British eyewitness accounts of regime change

British eyewitness accounts of regime change

(p.21) 2 British eyewitness accounts of regime change
British Writers and Paris 1830–1875

Elisabeth Jay

Oxford University Press

This chapter follows a chronological approach to British reporting of the turbulent events on the Paris streets which accompanied each regime change between 1830 and 1871. It explores the way that diaries, letters, and published accounts were inflected by class loyalties, political sympathies, and gender. It suggests that women frequently responded with a sense of invigoration to the exposure to the challenge of physical danger which these sudden outbreaks produced. The chapter also observes the changes in the mode of reporting which occurred over this period. By the 1870s, professional reporting was firmly established as the dominant mode, but, with photography still in its infancy, it is argued that verbal accounts still enjoyed greater impact than the visual image.

Keywords:   1830–75, class, diaries, gender, letters, newspapers, photography, politics

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