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The main purpose of this website is to consider crowd violence during the French Revolution through a relevant set of images. Most readers of this site will probably want to start with the essays, especially the introductory essay by Jack Censer and Lynn Hunt, which sets out a number of the methodological and historiographical images. The project is also placed in broad context in a companion essay that appeared in the American Historical Review and is available on the gated History Cooperative Web site. Following these introductory pieces, six other essays consider various approaches to the problem addressed in this Web site. A brief conclusion notes the overlapping themes.

Some readers will, however, prefer to approach the subject through the forty-two images themselves.  Note that when you click on the images, you get a popup window that often includes the name of an essay author and some red numbers (e.g., Cameron 1, 3). If you click on the red numbers, you are taken to a place in the essay that discusses that image.

You should also note that the Image Tool allows you to manipulate and compare images; it is particularly useful for looking more closely at specific images.  When exploring the Imaging the French Revolution Web site, users may find that it helps to keep open a separate browser window with the image tool so that you can switch between reading the essays and examining images closely.

A third path through the site is provided by the "Discussion." Here, we have edited down a wide-ranging discussion among the authors and focused it on eight large questions. In addition, you can also explore the full discussion, which is archived.

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