Rhythms of Revolt: European Traditions and Memories of Social Conflict in Oral Culture

William G Pooley (Editor), David Hopkin (Editor), Éva Guillorel (Editor)

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Abstract

The culture of insurgents in early modern Europe was primarily an oral
one; memories of social conflicts in the communities affected were passed
on through oral forms such as songs and legends. This popular history continued
to influence political choices and actions through and after the early
modern period. The chapters in this book examine numerous examples from
across Europe of how memories of revolt were perpetuated in oral cultures,
and they analyse how traditions were used. From the German Peasants’
War of 1525 to the counter-revolutionary guerrillas of the 1790s, oral traditions
can offer radically different interpretations of familiar events. This is
a ‘history from below’, and a history from song, which challenges existing
historiographies of early modern revolts.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAshgate Publishing Ltd.
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

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    Pooley, W. G., Hopkin, D., & Guillorel, É. (Eds.) (2017). Rhythms of Revolt: European Traditions and Memories of Social Conflict in Oral Culture. Ashgate Publishing Ltd.