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The Margins of City Life: Explorations of the French Urban Frontier, 1815–1851

John M. Merriman


Unlike most historians of France, who draw a sharp contrast between cities and the countryside, the author of this book focuses on the spatial and social margins of urban life, the faubourgs, or suburbs, where rural migrants and the laboring poor of the cities congregated in growing numbers in the first half of the nineteenth century. In the eyes of the urban elite, the women and men of the periphery—the world of beggars, the most miserable prostitutes, rag pickers, casual labor, and unwanted people; the location of slaughterhouses, gas factories, tanneries, and, increasingly, even executions— ... More

Keywords: France, social margins, urban life, faubourgs, nineteenth century, urban elite, solidarities, exclusion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780195064384
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195064384.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John M. Merriman, author
Yale University
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