movements are an important ingredient for historical change,
and they are usually catalysts for that change. Revolutionary
Paris was an ideal setting for a new evolution in counter-culture:
every counter-culture movement in history follows a certain
cycle. In the beginning the movement is frowned upon -- why
would the mainstream culture accept something that wanted
to usurp it?
little time, the movement becomes chic, and some members
of the dominant culture may even descend into the counter-culture
voluntarily, creating a second generation of the movement.
This was the case with the bohemians of 19th century Paris
as it was with the Hippies of 1960's America, and so on.
Finally, the movement
is accepted as an important and necessary part of the historical
canon. To be frank, it goes down in history.
Click on the dates
or pictures on the timeline at left to read about the evolution
of bohemian counter-culture movements.