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Power within the Paris sections of 1792-94 - its social composition dynamics and ideology -1 That is what was explored in the book The Sans-Culotte Albert Soboul describes and outlines the composition and activities of the different sections in Paris during Revolutionary France Soboul describes the activities of these sections as a popular movement by the people of Paris He explains how the people of Paris united to form different sectional assemblies with their main goal being to improve the lives of the middle and lower class individuals in not only Paris but France in its entirety In The Sans-Culottes Soboul explains in great detail the different ways these sections influenced law making and tried to gain equal rights for all In addition to describing the political activity of the sans-culottes and the other sections Soboul also explains some of the military activities and movements of these sections during the revolution Sobouls book has always been thought as the main authority on the sections in Paris but in the early 1980s a critique was written on The Sans-Culottes and many things were found to be wrong with the bookIn the critical evaluation of Albert Sobouls The Sans-Culottes a full critique of the book takes place and many problems with the book are pointed out The problems or shortcomings discussed in the critical evaluation range from a lack of description of the sans-culottes and other sections in Paris and errors in explaining what type of people constituted the membership of the sections to a lack in a wide range of quality sources The two problems in The Sans-Culottes that will be discussed in this essay are the lack of quality sources and the lack of description of the sections and who constituted them The lack of description of the sections in Paris is a major blemish with the book The critique points out that Soboul lumps all of the sections of Paris together when describing them
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