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The traumatic event of the Charlie Hebdo shooting and the unexpected national resilience last January have produced countless observations. As almost two months have passed -an eternity in the world of instant mass-media infotainment-, some thematic historical comparisons can be rendered audible with the necessary distance.
Jean-Noël Jeanneney (Sciences Po) received three renowned (legal) historians to treat three themes of social and legal history relevant to a reading on the long term. Links to the episodes come with a specific bibliography for every theme:
- Patrick Eveno (Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne) on press freedom, press trials and freedom of expression (click here)
- Daniele Tartakowsky (Paris VIII Denis Diderot) on mass mobilisations in France, from the Revolution to the present day, pointing out that the 11 January demonstrations in Paris are actually the biggest ever seen, more important than 1936 or 1968 (click here)
- Anne Simonin (CNRS) on the penalty of "national indignity" established after World War II, putting in perspective recent French or Belgian proposals to deprive jihadi's from their nationality (click here)