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Illustrated justice. : Justice in the illustrated newspapers of the Third Republic (1890-1914)

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Based on the idea that images play a fundamental role for justice, as shown by all the iconographic representations, the symbols and the rituals used by the judiciary institution, this study in history of law focuses on the discourse conveyed by the prints of the illustrated newspapers of the Third Republic about law and justice. In an interdisciplinary approach, borrowing from the history of collective representations, from sociology and from the history of law, it questions the connection between the prints of the illustrated newspapers and the judiciary realities of the end of the 19th century and of the beginning of the 20th century.It also raises the question of the reception of these images among the general public and its influence on the judiciary and legislative process. It brings into light the argumentative and ideological dimension of press images as well as their power on the public opinion, on courts and on the legislator. More generally, this thesis aims to demonstrate that the study of iconographic representations of justice, even unofficial, enriches the knowledge of the history of law and justice.

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