Forest Rites: The War of the Demoiselles in Nineteenth-Century France

@inproceedings{Sahlins1994ForestRT,
  title={Forest Rites: The War of the Demoiselles in Nineteenth-Century France},
  author={Peter Sahlins},
  year={1994}
}
  • Peter Sahlins
  • Published 1994
  • Sociology, History
  • In May 1829, strange reports surfaced from the Ariege department in the French Pyrenees, describing male peasants, bizarrely dressed in women's clothes, gathering in the forests at night to chase away state guards and charcoalmakers. This was the raucous War of the Demoiselles, a protest against the national French Forest Code of 1827, which restricted peasants' rights to use state and private forests. Peter Sahlins unravels the fascinating story of this celebrated popular uprising, and in his… CONTINUE READING
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