HiSCoD project

The Historical Social Conflict Database (HiSCoD) is designed to provide academic researcher and general audience with a set of resources for analysing social conflict from the late Middle Ages to the 19th century.

This project is the result of research conducted by Cédric Chambru and Paul Maneuvrier-Hervieu as part of their doctoral theses. It is a continuation of a stream of literature initiated in the 1950s, on social conflict during Old Regime and carried out, among others, by Boris Porchnev, Roland Mousnier, Richard Cobb, Charles Tilly, Yves-Marie Bercé, E. P. Thompson, Louise A. Tilly, René Pillorget, Madelaine Foisil, John Bohstedt, Roger Wells, John Markoff, and Jean Nicolas.

The project consolidates and harmonises existing research on social conflict and publish the results within a database of all known events. We aim at providing a snapshot as complete as possible of social conflict, from the fiscal scuffle involving a few individuals to urban revolts involving several thousand people.

As of today, the HiSCoD database gathers the results of several large-scale surveys that occurred in France between the 17th century and the early 19th century. The first one led by Jean Nicolas and his collaborators between the 1980s and early 2000s resulted in the publication of a book entitled La France Rébellionaire. Mouvements populaires et conscience social (1661-1789). It has been further updated and harmonised by Cédric Chambru. Paul Maneuvrier-Hervieu collected data for the second survey as part of his doctoral thesis, which relates to food riots in Normandy between 1709 and 1817.

In addition to these two surveys, we derived data from Yves-Marie Bercé (1974), Madelaine Foisil (1970) and Léon de la Sicotière (1889).

We are currently adding new observations to the database to include food riots collected by John Bohstedt and covering England between the late 16th century and the early 19th century.

If you would like to contribute to this project by adding new events or your dataset, please contact us: hiscod@protonmail.com.

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