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    The Allure of the Archives (Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-C) (Hardback) By (author) Arlette Farge, Translated by Thomas Scott-railton, Foreword by Natalie Zemon Davis

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    DescriptionArlette Farge's Le Gout de l'archive is widely regarded as a historiographical classic. While combing through two-hundred-year-old judicial records from the Archives of the Bastille, historian Farge was struck by the extraordinarily intimate portrayal they provided of the lives of the poor in pre-Revolutionary France, especially women. She was seduced by the sensuality of old manuscripts and by the revelatory power of voices otherwise lost. In The Allure of the Archives, she conveys the exhilaration of uncovering hidden secrets and the thrill of venturing into previously unknown dimensions of the past. Originally published in 1989, Farge's classic work communicates the tactile, interpretive, emotional experience of archival research while sharing astonishing details about life under the Old Regime in France. At once a practical guide to research methodology and an elegant literary reflection on the challenges of writing history, this uniquely rich volume demonstrates how surrendering to the archive's allure can forever change how we understand the past.

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    The Allure of the Archives
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Arlette Farge, Translated by Thomas Scott-railton, Foreword by Natalie Zemon Davis
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 150
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 240 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300176735
    ISBN 10: 0300176732

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC V2.8: LIT007000
    BIC subject category V2: HBAH
    DC22: 944.04
    BISAC V2.8: HIS013000, HIS016000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: LAN002000, BIO026000
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC23: 907.2
    LC classification: CD953 .F3713 2013
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/HISTAS
    Thema V1.0: DS, DNC, CBW, NHAH
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DDF
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    01 October 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Arlette Farge is director of research in modern history at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. Natalie Zemon Davis is professor of history at the University of Toronto. Thomas Scott-Railton has translated for Annales: Histoire, Sciences sociales and New Global Studies.
    Review quote
    "This reflexive, gendered ethnography of the historian's craft - already a French classic - delicately explores what the author calls the organized topography that lies beneath the archives. Every student of history should read this book."--Richard Price, author of "First-Time," "Alabi's World," and "Travels with Tooy"--Richard Price