Book reviews

Plumauzille Clyde, 2016, Prostitution et Révolution. Les femmes publiques dans la cité républicaine (1789-1804), [Prostitution and revolution: “public women” in the republican city], Ceyzérieu, Champ Vallon, “La chose publique” series, 400 p.

Jean-Marc Rohrbasser  By the same author


This book explores a subject seldom addressed in history of the French Revolution: the classic thesis that prostitution was liberalized during the French Revolution against a backdrop of ideological collusion between political anarchy and absolute freedom in the sphere of mores. The author contends that rather than liberating prostitution, the Revolution gave rise to the first set of policies for (…)