Paris: City of Light

Revolutionary Press


Parisian Salons
 ~Salons of   Enlightenment
 ~Madame de   Stäel         
~Salons of the   Restoration
 ~The Salons of   Victor Hugo

Influence of Printed Materials
 ~Pre-Revolutionary   Timeline
 ~Post-Revolutionary   Timeline


Defining the Parisians
 ~Parisians Viewed   by Foreigners
 ~Parisians   Viewed by   Themselves
 ~Paris Fashion




Image 2.8 A typical example for a Parisian printer, 1795-1796, Archives Nationales, Paris (Hesse, 146).

"Liberty of the press and all the other ways to publish men's thoughts can not be forbidden, suspended, nor limited..."

This is a perfect example of the kinds of printed materials that were being circulated during and immediately following the Revolution. Freedom of each individual's mind and his own preferred form of expression were considered the most natural human rights, and were stressed in newspapers. In stating a universal freedom, this idea argued most radically for the voice of the lower-classes who had previously lacked any representation.