Do you want to live in the french 18th century ?


"I lived in the 18th century" is a data bank of 1700 documents (1050 texts and diagrams, 600 engravings and paintings, 70 popular songs specially recorded (sample : ), 20 musics) about daily life in France. It was necessary to find a balance  between this information and arranging it into 36 professional categories and 16 activities to which were added the priorities of access. As well as the software for ordinary consultation, there is also a software for "educational role playing" which allows you to create an imaginary but true-life person, through the use of these documents. (In french).



 
 

Engraving

La façon de tirer une charrette, engraving from Diderot's Encyclopedia
Documents are indexed (more than 20000 indexations) essentially in accordance with the criteria of social category and activity.

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES :


1 : Duke / Duchess | 2 : Count / Countess / Marquis / Marquise | 3 : Nobleman, gentry, feudal lord, rural lord | 4 : Royal army officer / Navy officer | 5 : Robe or office noble | 6 : Archbishop, bishop | 7 : Abbess | 8 : Rich merchant / Shipowner | 9 : Spinning factory owner, industrialist, ironmaster | 10 : Captain | 11 : Counsel | 12 : Butcher | 13 : Writer, philosopher | 14 : Catholic parish priest | 15 : Monk / Nun | 16 : Artisan master | 17 : Doctor / Surgeon | 18 : Domestic / maidservant | 19 : Journeyman, apprentice / Worker / Female worker | 20 : Street merchant / Water porter | 21 : Beggar, tramp | 22 : Seaman | 23 : Black slave | 24 : Craftsman, rural artisan | 25 : Inn-keeper, café owner, open-air café owner | 26 : Farm worker, day labourer | 27 : Poor peasant, female farmer | 28 : Rich farmer | 29 : Seigniorial accountant, tax collector | 30 : Weaver, female spinner, embroiderer | 31 : Protestant craftsman | 32 : Jewish craftsman | 33 : Barber-surgeon, barber-wigmaker | 34 : Soldier | 35 : Schoolteacher, home tutor | 36 : Musician, bandsman
 
 

ACTIVITIES :


For each professional categories, one can found documents about these activities :

TO BE CALLED (Name, firstname, title, nickname) / TO BE DEFINED (Extracts of 18th dictionaries) / TO WORK / to earn one's daily bread, TO GO THROUGH ONE'S MONEY / TO HAVE A SOCIAL POSITION (hierarchy, social links) / TO KNOW (Education, school, practical knowledge) / TO HAVE A FAMILY, TO GET MARIED, TO HAVE CHILDREN / TO HAVE SOMEWHERE TO LIVE, TO HAVE FURNIRURE / TO PAY ROYAL TAXES, SEIGNIORIAL OR ECCLESIASTIC TAXES / TO EAT, TO DRINK / TO BE TREATED, TO BE BORN AND TO DIE / TO THINK, TO BELIEVE / TO TRAVEL / TO ACT (Leisure, activities, revolts) / TO SEE ONESELF, TO BE PORTRAYED, TO BE DRESSED / TO ADMIRE, TO HEAR, TO SING

TWO MODULES


Two modules allow to explore documents :

1) a module allows you to carry out searches by criteria : professional categories, activities, sex, date, place, author, theme...

2) a second module allows you to "create" a character, imaginary but plausible, refering to documents and extracting some passages of them, answering questions, writing freely. Thus, a card of the character is created.

A very complete hypertextual glossary (more than 6000 entries), six thematic chronologies are going with a consultation of documents. Contextual helps are different in accordance with social categories and selected activity which have made you entering this document ; they point at important aspects and enlight the historical context.


The CD-Rom was published in june 2001.

Editor and order form : CNDP.


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For informations, adress the author,  Dominique.Natanson@wanadoo.fr

Summary / An article published in "Cahiers Pédagogiques" about "J'ai vécu au XVIIIe siècle"