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Violent Events in France, 1830-1860 and 1930-1960

Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data
  • Tilly, Charles
  • Zambrano, Raul
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Princeton University. Center for International Studies
  • Social Science Research Council
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
conflict; demographic characteristics; nineteenth century; occupations; political influences; twentieth century; violence
  • Abstract

    This data collection was constructed as part of an ongoing research project aimed at examining and reformulating alternative explanations of conflict in France during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Information is supplied on the characteristics of each set of participants in a violent event ("formation"), including demographic, occupational, and political variables, and on the characteristics of the event as a whole. The magnitude of each disturbance is described by information on the number of participants, the number of man-days expended, and the number of participants killed, wounded, or arrested, as well as the form and extent of violence, property damage, and the immediate consequences of the violent event. Included also are descriptive data specifying the date, duration, location, and proximate causes of each event, and the major divisions separating its antagonists. In addition, the data collection identifies the sources reporting each event and cites key descriptive words used in the accounts of the incident.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Description of Each Violent Event
    • DS2: Magnitude of Each Violent Event
    • DS3: Location of Each Violent Event
    • DS4: Description of Each Formation
    • DS5: Characteristics of All Formations That Constitute a Violent Event
    • DS6: Sources Used For Each Violent Event
Temporal Coverage
  • 1962 / 1988
    Collection date: 1962--1988
Geographic Coverage
  • France
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Violent events having at least 50 persons in one of the groups involved resulting in seizure, injury, or damage to at least one person or object that occurred in public places within continental France during the years 1830 to 1860 and 1930 to 1960. To qualify as a violent event, the person or object sustaining the attack had to be or belong to someone outside the acting group. Incidents in which troops or police inflicted the only violence are excluded.
All events encompassed by the universe.
Collection Mode
  • (1) The six files that constitute this collection comprise the components of a relational database, i.e., the information pertaining to any single event is contained in different files that share one or more common fields. (2) This collection is an extensively revised version of a recently dearchived ICPSR study: DISTURBANCES IN FRANCE, 1830-1860 AND 1930-1960: GENERAL SAMPLE (ICPSR 0050).

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 7 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 7 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): Princeton University. Center for International Studies. Social Science Research Council. National Science Foundation.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9080 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09080.v1
  • Tilly, Charles. The Contentious French. Cambridge, MA: Belknap. 1986.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Tilly, Charles; Zambrano, Raul (1989): Violent Events in France, 1830-1860 and 1930-1960. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.