Darnton-Questions - libelles 7 Why in Mercier a somewhat...

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1. What aspect of the Pre-Revolutionary Period of France does Darnton’s article focus on? 2. How does Darnton characterize intensive and extensive reading? 3. What challenges does Darnton face in finding appropriate public reaction to the libelles ? How does he solve that issue? 4. What are the Jean-Charles-Pierre Lenoir papers, and what strengths/weaknesses do they present within the context of Darnton’s article? 5. Darnton mentions the magistrates initially viewed the illegal books as amusing fantasy tales, what changed Maurepas’ mind? 6. How opinions does Louis-Sebastian Mercier put forth about the political
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Unformatted text preview: libelles ? 7. Why in Mercier a somewhat unreliable advocate for the entire French populace? What contradictions do his arguments bring to light? 8. What does Darnton say to his critics on the issue of popular desacralization? 9. Who is responsible for the desacralization of the monarchy? Why? 10. What does Darnton say is “the point” of his article? 11. What are the three rhetorical stages of development that Darnton lists for libellistes? 12. Why does Darnton believe that traditional historians are wrong? What does he list as their biggest mistake when examining the period?...
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