The French Revolution signaled a break from Old Regime France. Throughout the revolution, multiple ideas and groups contested one another to determine the future of the French Nation. Special Collections & Archives contains a breadth of serials, rare books, and primary source collections that document the revolutionary era.
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The Almanach royal had its beginnings in 1683 when Laurent d'Houry envisioned a calendar. In 1700 it became a royally sponsored publication that instead listed members of the royal family and the different administrators and incomes of the kingdom including clergy, bankers, military officers, and consuls. Its name changed throughout the Revolutionary and Napoleonic period but documented similar institutional information.
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In designing his newspaper, Panckoucke followed the format of English papers at the time and divided his paper into five main sections: The National Assembly, Domestic and Foreign Policy, Administration, Literature, Science and Arts, and General Announcements and Notes. The paper would become less political over time, publishing more articles on literature, science and art by 1811. It also dropped Gazette Nationale from its title in January of 1811 and became simply Le Moniteur Universel.