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The French adventurer and anarchist Zo d'Axa (1864-1930) exposed all kinds of misbehaviour in his magazine l'Endehors. In his opinion, hypocrisy ranked high in the spectrum of vice and he spotted... [Item of the Day]
The Dreyfus affair had divided the French socialists on their attitude towards the (bourgeois) republican government. The 1899 socialist conference in Salle Japy in Paris, for the first time brought... [Item of the Day]
The French satirical magazine L'assiette au Beurre preferred pictures to text. Each issue featured about sixteen large prints. Famous artists including Steinlen and Caran d'Ache worked for this... [Item of the Day]
Copper coins of unknown origin infiltrate France in 1780. The public at the marketplace and in shops is aggressively forced to accept the money. The Chamber of Finance under King Louis XVI issues an... [Item of the Day]
The French revolutionary François Babeuf (1760-1797) went by the name of Gracchus. The Roman peoples' tribunes Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus were his role model. In 1794 Babeuf had to hide from his... [Item of the Day]
At the end of the seventeenth century, the French government strongly controlled the national press. Censorship was effective, and non-Catholics had a difficult time. Especially the Protestant... [Item of the Day]
Socialist politician and philosopher Jean Jaurès (1859-1914) was accorded the status of 'grand homme de la patrie' (great man of the nation) when his ashes were removed to the Panthéon in Paris on 23... [Item of the Day]
The world exhibition of 1937 in Paris was special. While the Civil War raged in Spain and Germany tested its new weapons of war, in Paris various countries exhibited their most beautiful, modern... [Item of the Day]
Photographer Eugène Appert was allowed to take pictures in 1871 of the arrested Communards in prison. Among the more than 300 portraits in the IISH collection are three portraits of Sergeant... [Item of the Day]
A letter by the French Utopian thinker Etienne Cabet (1788-1856) of 7 April 1846 reveals that Cabet was a man of action as well as words. He writes to the physician Rostant: "Le porteur de ce billet... [Item of the Day]