History events at the IHR

Literary demand and the book trade in France, 1769-1789

22 September 2014, 18:00 - 20:00

Event Type: Lecture


Professor Robert Darnton, University Librarian, Harvard


What did the French read on the eve of the Revolution? Daniel Mornet asked this question in a famous article of 1910. Since then, historians have moved on to other ways of understanding the origins of 1789, but Mornet’s question has been left hanging, despite its relevance to recent work in fields such as the history of books and cultural history in general. This lecture is intended to provide an answer to Mornet’s question while at the same time introducing an open-access website full of information about the demand for literature and the way the book trade actually operated under the Ancien Régime.

Please note that this event is by invitation only. 

Venue: Institute of Historical Research (IHR)

Institute of Historical Research
University of London
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU