In the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, French revolutionaries proclaimed the freedom of speech, religion, and opinion. Censorship was abolished, and France appeared to be on a path towards tolerance, pluralism, and civil liberties. A mere four years later, the country descended into a period of political terror, as thousands were arrested, tried, and executed for crimes of expression and opinion. In Policing Public Opinion in the French Revolution, Charles Walton traces the origins of this reversal back to the Old Regime. He shows that while early advocates of press freedom sought to abolish pre-publication censorship, the majority still firmly believed injurious speech - or calumny-constituted a crime, even treason if it undermined the honor of sovereign authority or sacred collective values, such as religion and civic spirit. With the collapse of institutions responsible for regulating honor and morality in 1789, calumny proliferated, as did obsessions with it. Drawing on wide-ranging sources, from National Assembly debates to local police archives, Walton shows how struggles to set legal and moral limits on free speech led to the radicalization of politics, and eventually to the brutal liquidation of "calumniators" and fanatical efforts to rebuild society's moral foundation during the Terror of 1793-1794. With its emphasis on how revolutionaries drew upon cultural and political legacies of the Old Regime, this study sheds newlight on the origins of the Terror and the French Revolution, as well as the history of free expression.
ContentsWhen push comes to shove, part 2
The song remains the same
Time out of mind
Judge, jury & executioner
Too close to call
Still life 2-D
Still life 3-D
Method to his madness
A changed man
Sweet child o' mine
Lucky in love
The darkness is light enough
Death takes a policy
Twice upon a time.
Mediums -- Drama.
Crime -- Drama.
Public prosecutors -- Drama.
Mystery television programs.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| Hollywood, Calif. :Paramount Home Entertainment,2006
Weber, Jake, 1964-
Sandoval, Miguel, 1951-
Vassilieva, Sofia, 1992-
Caron, Glenn Gordon.
Paramount Pictures Corporation.
Patricia Arquette, Jake Weber, Miguel Sandoval, Sofia Vassilieva, Maria Lark, David Cubitt..
Soundtrack in English or Spanish.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
Title from container.
Inspired by the real-life story of medium Allison DeBois ; based on the characters created by Glenn Gordon Caron.
Originally broadcast on NBC television during the 2005-2006 season.
DVD, region 1, widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital stereo., surround.
6 videodiscs : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.