The main purpose
of this website is to consider crowd violence during the French
Revolution through a relevant set of images. Most readers of this
site will probably want to start with the essays,
especially the introductory
essay by Jack Censer and Lynn Hunt,
which sets out a number of the methodological and historiographical
images. The project is also placed in broad context in a
companion essay that appeared in the American
Historical Review and is available on the gated History
Cooperative Web site. Following these introductory pieces,
six other essays consider various
approaches to the problem addressed in this Web site. A brief
conclusion notes the overlapping themes.
Some readers will, however, prefer to
approach the subject through the forty-two images themselves. Note
that when you click on the images, you get a popup window that
often includes the name of an essay author and some red numbers
(e.g., Cameron 1, 3). If you click on the red numbers, you are
taken to a place in the essay that discusses that image.
also note that the Image Tool allows
you to manipulate and compare images; it is particularly useful
for looking more closely at specific images. When
exploring the Imaging the French Revolution Web site, users may
find that it helps to keep open a separate browser window with
the image tool so that you can switch between reading the essays
and examining images closely.
A third path through the site is
provided by the "Discussion." Here,
we have edited down a wide-ranging discussion among the authors
and focused it on eight large questions. In addition, you can also
explore the full discussion,
which is archived.