Plumauzille Clyde, 2016, Prostitution et RÃ©volution. Les femmes publiques dans la citÃ© rÃ©publicaine (1789-1804), [Prostitution and revolution: âpublic womenâ in the republican city], CeyzÃ©rieu, Champ Vallon, âLa chose publiqueâ series, 400 p. 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 decriminalizing it, meanwhile regulating it through a new system of control. Her analysis of the phenomenon of prostitution makes amends for prostitutesâ invisibility while rejecting caricatures of their activity. The questions the author seeks to answer are clearly defined: What role did the Revolution play with regard to prostitution? Was decriminalization itself a revolution? In answering them, she puts forward a history of citizenship at the time of the RevolutionÂ âÂ a matter of which we know little, she affirms. C. Plumauzille is obviously not interested in judging prostitution but rather in discussing what the term meant and the experiences it covered. The point is to
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