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The Plebeian ExperienceA Discontinuous History of Political Freedom$
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Martin Breaugh

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231156189

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231156189.001.0001

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The Sans-Culottes

The Sans-Culottes

A Political Bond of Fraternity

(p.205) 6 The Sans-Culottes
The Plebeian Experience

Martin Breaugh

, Lazer Lederhendler
Columbia University Press

The plebeian political practices of the sans-culottes ended in the third year of the French Revolution, with the repression of the Prairial insurrection and the political fallout of that defeat. This chapter focuses on the human bond that was forged in this plebeian experience. The relationships maintained by the Parisian sans-culottes appear to have been determined by the revolutionary and republican principle of “fraternity.” This constituted a “political” bond because the cohesion of the sans-culottes' movement was achieved in and through the political action that set it in motion. This “political bond of fraternity,” however, was made complex and fragile by the revolutionary political context in which the plebs' action was deployed.

Keywords:   sans-culottes, political bond, French Revolution, plebeian political practices, fraternity

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