Tagged with JSTOR

French Satanism

Here’s an article from JStor on a surprisingly recent outbreak of superstitious belief and accusations in fin de siecle France. It’s interesting on several levels, because it involves men rather than women, because duelling is involved, which had died out almost 2 centuries before in Britain. It sort of links in with mesmerism, with telegraphy, … Continue reading

Morality and Cycling

Here’s another JSTOR article, on the response to new safe bicycles which were seen as morally dangerous, as it allowed young women to go on unsupervised dates. It gave them unheard of independence, which to some was threatening. Some time ago some Moslem women opposed funding for cycling schemes on the basis that the pasttime … Continue reading