A scholar of Enlightenment France and of the history of the book, he returned to Harvard in 1965 to join the Society of Fellows, decamped to Princeton University in 1968 for 39 years, and came back to Harvard in 2007. (December 2019) He is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian Emeritus at Harvard. The author explores some fascinating territory in the French genre of histoire du livre, and at the same time he tracks the diffusion of Enlightenment ideas. In practice, it flourished in the eighteenth-century world of letters, where writers competed for the favor of readers on an open market, and everyone acknowledged the supreme authority of public opinion. But in his other books, notably Le Sentiment de la nature en France de Jean-Jacques Rousseau à Bernardin de Saint-Pierre and Les Sciences de la vie au XVIIIe siècle, he treated intellectual life in a broad, cultural setting. In practice, however, Baker ignores this precept, because he treats the Revolution as the working out of the logic propounded in the constitutional debates. The Revolution appears as nothing more than a problem of political theory—essentially, an attempt to resolve the contradiction between a Rousseauian notion of the general will and a constitutional monarchy with a balance of powers. © 1963-2020 NYREV, Inc. All rights reserved. So the tragedy of 1793 was written in the “scripts” of the mid-century. And the state, which initially had suppressed those ideas, ultimately came to favor them. At the moment of truth, on September 11, 1789, the revolutionaries let language take over and dictate the course of events. Virtual Conferences, Working from Home, and Flying Kids, Like many conferences this year, the annual American Academy of Religion­/­Society of Biblical Literature conference will be virtual. Cart All. This is cultural history on a broad scale, a history of the process of civilization. Since many of these works were written by relatively obscure figures—e.g., Jacob-Nicolas Moreau, Guillaume-Joseph Saige, and Jacques Peuchet—Baker’s volume covers a great deal of unfamiliar territory. In the cahiers of 1789, he detects a “politicization of the village” and a certain “symbolic disenchantment” about the monarchy, even though they continue to celebrate the king as the father of the people. When Keith Baker takes up Habermas’s thesis in Inventing the French Revolution, he has a much easier time of it than Chartier did, because he eliminates the sociological half of the argument. So his doctoral thesis, which is now thirty years old, pointed him toward the criticism of contemporary society that he has expounded in his more recent and more important work, The Theory of Communicative Action. Robert Darnton Written by a renowned scholar in the history of the book and a trustee of the New York Public Library A rich and sweeping study of the world of writing, publishing, and bookselling in 18th-century France Examines how book piracy helped to expand literary culture de Bezenval and was shown to the servants’ quarters. It became reified and lost much of the meaning that Habermas had infused in it. So the temple was brought down by its own guardians rather than by the Voltairean infidel attacking from outside. Neither can be considered a Marxist or an anti-Marxist. Darnton’s books include The Business of Enlightenment: A Publishing History of the Encyclopedie 1775-1800 (1979), The Literary Underground of the Old Regime (1982), The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History (1984), The Kiss of Lamourette: Reflections in Cultural History (1989), Edition et sédition. They insist that ideas do not translate directly into actions; that intellectual origins cannot be understood as a one-way, trickle-down diffusion process; and that a great deal besides the Enlightenment went into the creation of the ideological climate in prerevolutionary France. Darnton explores some fascinating territory in the genre of histoire du livre, and at the same time tracks the diffusion of Enlightenment ideas. In doing so he unearths a double paradox. The business of enlightenment [electronic resource] a publishing history of the Encyclopédie, 1775-1800 Item Preview remove-circle Share or Embed This Item. Why then does Baker make so much of September 11? According to Darnton, hacks constitute a group of struggling writers (a "literary proletariat") who cobbled together a living by engaging in a range of practices: underground journalism, pamphlet-writing, education, spying on other intellectuals for the police, etc. His strategy for dealing with it begins with a rejection of the assumption, which was typical of intellectual history in Mornet’s day, that ideas are autonomous units of thought that can be traced through society and across spans of time. Soiling to front and back panels. He provides a wonderfully astute analysis of the constitutional issues debated during the first year of the French Revolution. Chartier goes so far as to dismiss the Enlightenment as an invention of the Revolution, which needed an intellectual pedigree in order to legitimize itself. As each discourse followed its own logic, the authority of the crown was torn in different directions. Never again will the contours of the Enlightenment be drawn without reference to this work. But the very success of his exegesis raises a problem: Can one write a history of the constitutional debates without taking social conflict into account? Without the religious schism, the war, and the treachery of Louis XVI, it might actually have worked. Porter, “The Enlightenment”. The author explores some fascinating territory in the French genre of histoire du livre, and at the same time he tracks the diffusion of Enlightenment ideas. Free shipping for many products! The Business of Enlightenment: A Publishing History of the Encyclopédie (1979) Mesmerism and the End of the Enlightenment in France (1968) Journalistic Articles BY ROBERT DARNTON. The author explores some fascinating territory in the French genre of histoire du livre, and at the same time he tracks the diffusion of Enlightenment ideas. It opened the way for studies of provincial academies, intellectuals, education, libraries, the book trade, journalism, freemasonry, popular culture, and other subjects which have now turned into academic industries. By Robert Darnton Account & Lists Account Returns & Orders. His work has long been indispensable for all those who ponder the role of the book in that history. 1995 [1968]. Baker is certainly correct to insist that historians should study what people thought as well as what they did. In search of the Enlightenment: Recent attempts to create a social history of ideas. A history of meaning should chart the boundaries between the thinkable and the unthinkable, and in doing so it should take account of what echoed from the street as well as what resounded from the podium. ‘Histoire mondiale de la France,’ edited by Patrick Boucheron, Robert Darnton's latest book is A Literary Tour de France: The World of Books on the Eve of the French Revolution. They do so with such insight and intelligence that together they mark a turning point in eighteenth-century studies: the modernization of Mornet. But Chartier and Baker are correct to point out his conceptual shortcomings. In the key points of his argument, however, Chartier explains the cultural destabilization of the Old Regime by invoking Jürgen Habermas’s notion of the “bourgeois public sphere” (bürgerliche Öffentlichkeit). Save 50% off the regular rate and 75% off the cover price and receive a free 2021 calendar! Journal of Modern History 43(1): 113-132. Chartier’s book does not present new research but combines familiar material in fresh ways, exposing fault lines and proposing new interpretations. Thanks to his encyclopedic knowledge and his wit, he stands out as the Diderot of early modern historians. They are meant to be provocative rather than conclusive. No one would deny the importance of those debates, which received a thorough going-over by the historians of the Third Republic. “Despotism” was not simply abolished by the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen; it was defeated first when the common people seized power in Paris on July 14 and then again, after the king refused to accept the Declaration, on October 5–6, when the people marched on Versailles. He borrows those concepts from the work of John Pocock, Quentin Skinner, and others who have transformed the history of political thought in the Anglo-Saxon world. A great book about an even greater book is a rare event in publishing. The key conceptual shift occurred long before the taking of the Bastille, and the crucial revolutionary step took place much afterward—on September 11, 1789, to be exact. In its ideal-typical form, it involved unconstrained, rational debate among equals at a level above the common people and below the ruling elite. Throughout the whole period of the Constituent Assembly, the king said one thing and did another, constantly threatening the constitutional order with a counterrevolutionary coup. Instead of smoothing over difficulties, they take risks, force issues, and argue the hardest cases. When applied to France, they help Baker locate a strain of classical republicanism in places where it had dwelt undetected, such as the writings of Gabriel Bonnet de Mably. New York Review of Books—June 7, 2012 In Defense of the New York Public Library. Porter, “The Enlightenment”. He prefers to posit some undocumented “spontaneous reactions of the man in the street.” But he also finds a significant shift in the tone of the cahiers des doléances, or petitions of grievances, that the French drew up before the meetings of the Estates General in 1614 and 1789. Of course social conflicts had to be expressed in language, and revolutionary oratory acquired a force of its own. And can’t the erosion of that view in the eighteenth century be attributed to a combination of religious and irreligious factors—first the persecution of Protestantism and the ideological backlash it produced, then the Jansenist controversies and the parlementary offensive they provoked, and finally the merger of ancient anticlericalism with a modern critical spirit in the campaigns of the Enlightenment? Please share how this access benefits you. After tracing the emergence of this concept in a series of treatises and pamphlets, Baker arrives at a conclusion close to Chartier’s; for he, too, understands political culture spatially: ” ‘Public opinion’ had become the articulating concept of a new political space with a legitimacy and authority apart from that of the crown: a public space in which the nation could reclaim its rights against the crown. They belong to a generation that has abandoned the quarrels of its predecessors and that is rethinking old problems in new ways. Baker’s notion of conceptual space carries conviction, because it emerges from a very close and very intelligent reading of eighteenth-century political literature. So Mornet’s “intellectual” origins have been reworked as “cultural” in one case and as “ideological” in the other. On September 11, 1789, the deputies voted for a “suspensive” rather than an “absolute” royal veto—that is, they limited the king’s ability to block legislation to the duration of two legislatures or four years. Chartier would improve them by directing the discussion toward the sociology of culture, Baker by turning it toward political theory. Ever since Professor Robert Darnton aroused the interest of all Enlightenment scholars with the publication of ‘The High Enlightenment and the low-life literature in pre-revolutionary France’ in 1971, he has been in the forefront of debate about that period and the French Revolution which followed it. In fact, they constituted the crucial, cultural ingredient in the great explosion of 1789. All of these phenomena have been studied by other historians. He takes up one tract after another and shows how each in its own way challenged the authority of the Bourbon monarchy. When Habermas first advanced it, in a doctoral dissertation published in 1962, it represented a bright new category of sociological analysis, one that fit somewhere between a Weberian view of the state and a Marxian view of the economy. And the Origines intellectuelles can be read not only as an encyclopedic synthesis but also as an agenda for research that has kept French socio-cultural history going for the last half century. Best of The New York Review, plus books, events, and other items of interest. Darnton has written an indispensable book for historians of modern Europe. It is a book of previously published essays, so it does not offer a new synthesis comparable to the more ambitious work by Chartier. Mornet allowed for complex combinations of causes, both social and political, in explaining the Revolution, but within the intellectual realm he envisaged a straightforward process of idea diffusion—from the texts of the philosophes to the actions of the revolutionaries. The author explores some fascinating territory in the French genre of histoire du livre, and at the same time he tracks the diffusion of Enlightenment ideas. By Simon Burrows. In the hands of someone like Condorcet, this “social reason,” as Baker calls it, could dispense with the king altogether after 1789. (December 2019). Hello Select your address All Hello, Sign in. He conjures up a world of free and easy ratiocination among philosophic equals. For Mornet merely claimed that the spread of enlightened ideas predisposed people to accept political change. Then the Jansenist-Jesuit quarrel consummated the breach. The result is a refreshing sense of rediscovery and a great deal of confusion. Yet the question about the intellectual origins of the Revolution has returned, dressed up more fashionably in queries about discourse, and the point of departure for discussing it remains the same: Daniel Mornet’s imposing treatise of 1933, Les Origines intellectuelles de la Révolution française. It has nothing to do with cultural institutions or social life because it is purely conceptual: the conviction that public opinion, as the dispassionate, rational consensus of the informed citizenry, should be the ultimate authority in political life. Within this space, the French Revolution became thinkable.”. The main title of Habermas’s thesis, Strukturwandel der Öffentlichkeit, became L’Espace public (Public Space) in its French edition (Paris, 1978), and it trailed a subtitle that could be understood only by certain readers of Foucault, Archeology of publicity as a constitutive dimension of bourgeois society. The Cultural Origins of the French Revolution by Roger Chartier demonstrates that there is much more than terminology at stake in this shift of viewpoint. Like Alexis de Tocqueville and Crane Brinton, he interprets Jacobinism as a secular religion; but unlike them, he traces the sacralization of the state back to the Old Regime. ISBN 978-0-674-56950-8. And he, too, keeps his eye on the prize question propounded by Mornet. Robert Darnton’s history of the Encyclopédie is such an occasion. Although he acknowledges the flood of libelous attacks on the monarchy after 1770, he doubts that this literature had much effect, because statistics on its diffusion prove nothing about the ways in which it might have been read. In tracing the publishing story of Diderot’s Encyclopédie, Darnton uses new sources—the papers of eighteenth-century publishers—that allow him to respond firmly to a set of problems long vexing historians. Presumably Baker would say no, because at the beginning of his book he makes a convincing argument for erasing the conventional distinction between intellectual and social history: “All social activity has a symbolic dimension that gives it meaning, just as all symbolic activity has a social dimension that gives it point.”. But no one in the National Assembly imagined that they faced a choice between will and reason on September 11, 1789, and at that date no one could conceive of the Terror. Chartier’s version of the Habermas thesis includes two characteristics that he takes to be distinctive of French culture in the eighteenth century: first, a democratic style of sociability derived from literary institutions such as salons, cafés, and periodicals; second, the articulation by several writers of a concept of public opinion that turned into a demand for popular sovereignty in politics. Baker traces these “three basic strands of discourse” to a common source, “the traditional language of absolutism.” Somehow this mother language combined three attributes—justice, reason, and will—into a single version of royal authority; and somehow after the death of Louis XIV they fell apart, constituting separate discourses of justice (parlementary constitutionalism), reason (enlightened reform), and will (popular sovereignty). Yet at this high point in the diffusion and legitimation of the Enlightenment, the French Revolution erupted, destroying the social and political order in which the Enlightenment had flourished. The French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe, ii: Enlightenment Bestsellers. 1971. How then did the king himself become “desacralized”? The most important constitutional decision probably occurred on November 7, 1789, when the assembly rejected the British model of parliamentary government by voting to exclude deputies from all ministries. In the reception room of Mme. In any case, the Constitution of 1791 contained enough checks and balances to prevent parliamentary tyranny. Best of The New York Review, plus books, events, and other items of interest, The Cultural Origins of the French Revolution, Inventing the French Revolution: Essays on French Political Culture in the Eighteenth Century. The Chronicle of Higher Education—April 17, 2011 5 Myths About the Information Age The ways ideas traveled in early modern Europe, the level of penetration of Enlightenment ideas in the society of the Old Regime, and the connections between the Enlightenment and the French Revolution are brilliantly treated by Darnton. It was the upper orders in society rather than the industrial bourgeoisie or the lower classes that first shook off archaic beliefs and took up Enlightenment ideas. In search of the Enlightenment: Recent attempts to create a social history of ideas. Most people are probably passingly familiar with Franz Anton Mesmer, the eighteenth-century German-born physician and originator of what we now know as “mesmerism,” but the background that Robert Darnton (formerly of Princeton University, but now heads the Harvard University Library) brings to the this book puts mesmerism into not just medical and physical, but also political perspective. A constitutionalist strain challenged royal absolutism by invoking the historical role of the parlements (law courts), which polemicists like Louis-Adrien Le Paige construed to be coeval with the crown and representative of the people. He is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian Emeritus at Harvard. Into Print. According to Habermas, Öffentlichkeit developed wherever ordinary citizens discussed public affairs outside the reach of the state. The ideological ingredients of French political culture are so varied that they would seem to defy any attempt to reduce them to three discourses. Robert Darnton The Literary Underground of the Old Regime. Thus Chartier’s version of Habermas: “It was precisely the construction of a space for liberty of action, removed from state authority and reliant on the individual, that permitted the rise of the new public space that was at once inherited from and transformed by the creative energy of revolutionary politics.”. In a remarkable chapter on royal ritual, he shows how the kings’ funeral ceremonies lost their conceptual coherence after 1610. by Roger Chartier, translated by Lydia G. Cochrane, Duke University Press, 257 pp., $8.95 (paper), Cambridge University Press, 382 pp., $16.95 (paper). He wants to show how the French Revolution was “invented” from concepts developed under the Old Regime. Where Chartier attempts to relate the Revolution’s origins to the whole cultural system of the Old Regime, Baker keeps to fine-grained textual analysis; but fine as his analysis is, it has broad implications. This is the boldest and most controversial point in Baker’s book. Mornet needs to be assimilated, not merely modernized. In fact, he claims that the “script” for it was written from the three ideological languages as early as 1774. He shows how the material basis of literature and the technology of its production affected the substance and diffusion of ideas. Robert Darnton, in his lively study of mesmerism and its relation to eighteenth-century radical political thought and popular scientific notions, provides a useful contribution to the study of popular culture and the manner in which ideas are diffused down through various social levels. News about upcoming issues, contributors, special events, online features, and more. The Jansenist movement compounded the problem, because it set such high standards that it produced a backlash. That world never existed, as Rousseau learned when he arrived at the salon of Mme. Otherwise, it will fall back on some kind of hidden logic—a cunning of history—that would be meaningless to people in the past. It contains almost no references to French sources and very few from primary documents of any kind, except some citations of Locke and Kant. Robert Darnton THE BUSINESS OF ENLIGHTENMENT : Publishing History of the Encyclopedie, 1775-1800 1st Edition 2nd Printing Softcover Cambridge, Massachusetts Belknap Press 1979 Very Good in wrappers. Instead, he brings out family resemblances in ways of arguing about policies or “languages,” as he prefers to call them, borrowing his own language from Pocock. When combined, those two elements could become explosive. Journal of Modern He argued that Voltaire and the Encyclopedists began to conquer public opinion in the middle of the eighteenth century and that their ideas, increasingly radical and widespread, determined the climate of opinion during the 1770s and 1780s. Whatever the implications of Rousseau’s Social Contract, the Terror was unthinkable without a foreign invasion, economic chaos, a religious schism, a constant threat of counterrevolution, and a civil war. (December 2019) The tables of the Café Procope? An unusually late and militant Counter-Reformation drove a wedge between the reforming clergy and the general population, which remained attached to its folkloric practices. Out of this peculiar “space” they constituted a new kind of public, which was peculiarly susceptible to politicization. And out of the general contention there arose both the political culture of the Old Regime and the conceptual basis of the Revolution. He has helped to write and edit a four-volume history of French publishing, a five-volume history of private life, a four-volume urban history of France, and a history of French education from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries. By Robert Darnton Professor Darnton specializes in the French Enlightenment. Neither of them has much patience with the old-fashioned Enlightenment-to-Revolution model. Your story matters. The chambers of the Académie Française? Gone are the old certainties about the rising bourgeoisie, the importance of Voltaire and Rousseau, and the terms of the problems themselves. It is a fascinating hypothesis, and it helps to explain the crusading zeal that the revolutionaries directed against the Church. He is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian Emeritus at Harvard. How publishing functioned as a business, and how it fit into the political as well as the economic systems of prerevolutionary Europe are set forth. 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The taking of the Bastille, the peasant uprisings, the overthrow of municipal governments, the abolition of feudalism, and the capture of the king by the Paris crowd in the October Days are mentioned only in passing or not at all. Robert Darnton's remarkable history of what followed him, from 1775 to 1800. Baker sees discourse opening the “conceptual space” under Louis XV that finally swallowed up Louis XVI during the Revolution. After two centuries of debate, you would think it had been worried to death, but it keeps reviving and now looks livelier than ever: What was the connection between the Enlightenment and the French Revolution—or, to put it more broadly, how did the cultural system of the Old Regime contribute to the political explosion of 1789? In the case of de-Christianization, for example, Chartier shows that historians have failed to demonstrate any direct linkage between the decline in traditional religiosity throughout the eighteenth century and the explosion of anti-Catholicism in 1789. By Mark Curran. Habermas’s Öffentlichkeit is one of those German words that can be both sociological (meaning the public as a group of persons) or philosophical (meaning making something public—the airing of an idea). It provided him with a standard that could be used to measure the degradation of the public sphere by consumerism and the mass media in the twentieth century, where his interest really lay. If this space was actually constructed, both conceptually and as the site of action, where can we locate it? Far from being democratic and egalitarian, they were complex structures with hierarchies of their own, entry and exit points, and modes of differentiating those who were “in” from those who were “out.” Yet Habermas has nothing to say about the realities of cultural life under the Old Regime. He was not so simple-minded as his successors make him out to be. Robert Darnton’s history of the Encyclopédieis such an occasion. For Baker, the best of the neo-Cobbanites in the Anglo-Saxon world, the Revolution is the expression of heterodox “political languages” developed during the reign of Louis XV. Finally, a democratic strain, exemplified by Rousseau and Mably, derived all legitimate authority from the will of the people, whose sovereignty was deemed to be as absolute as that of the absolute sovereigns in the treatises of Bossuet and Hobbes. Robert Darnton ’s history of the Encyclopédie is such an occasion. Much of the ground covered by Baker had already been surveyed by Elie Carcassonne, Jules Flammermont, Félix Rocquain, Roger Bickart, Robert Derathé, and other historians from earlier generations, who appreciated the complexities of ideological conflict even though in their innocence they studied ideas rather than discourses. By that time, spatial metaphors had begun to proliferate in the French social sciences, owing to the influence of Foucault and his “archeology of knowledge.” But as Öffentlichkeit hardened into “space” or “sphere,” the metaphor lost its suppleness. Before the eighteenth century, as absolutism reached its apogee, family life spilled into the street and no clear boundaries separated the private from the public. Edited by Charles Walton “Into Print conveys the impressive scale and scope of Darnton’s enduring influence on research on the Enlightenment and its antecedents as well as historical scholarship itself.” —Greg Matthews, RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage The latest revival of this problem, which appears in two books published recently by Roger Chartier and Keith Baker, belongs to a shift away from social history, and toward intellectual history in current research. In a long essay on the early phase of the Revolution, he refers to July 14, 1789, only as the day on which the National Assembly debated whether to put a Declaration of Rights before or after the text of a constitution. Porter, Enlightenment, location 567. Robert Darnton, in his lively study of mesmerism and its relation to eighteenth-century radical political thought and popular scientific notions, provides a useful contribution to the study of popular culture and the manner in which ideas are diffused down through various social levels. ... Darnton, Robert. The making of books touched on this vast range of activities because books were products of artisanal labor, objects of economic exchange, vehicles of ideas, and elements in political and religious conflict. • Mesmerism and the End of the Enlightenment in France. But their meaning was shaped by events outside the assembly hall. Robert Darnton's history of the Encyclop�die is such an occasion. A great book about an even greater book is a rare event in publishing. It would be unfair to accuse Baker of failing to write social history, because that is not his subject. Your story matters Citation Darnton, Robert. Hacks. 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