Children of the Revolution: The French, 1799-1914

Children of the Revolution: The French, 1799-1914

by Robert Gildea
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674057244

ISBN-13: 9780674057241

Pub. Date: 10/30/2010

Publisher: Harvard

For those who lived in the wake of the French Revolution, from the storming of the Bastille to Napoleon’s final defeat, its aftermath left a profound wound that no subsequent king, emperor, or president could heal. Children of the Revolution follows the ensuing generations who repeatedly tried and failed to come up with a stable regime after the trauma

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For those who lived in the wake of the French Revolution, from the storming of the Bastille to Napoleon’s final defeat, its aftermath left a profound wound that no subsequent king, emperor, or president could heal. Children of the Revolution follows the ensuing generations who repeatedly tried and failed to come up with a stable regime after the trauma of 1789. The process encouraged fresh and often murderous oppositions between those who were for, and those who were against, the Revolution’s values. Bearing the scars of their country’s bloody struggle, and its legacy of deeply divided loyalties, the French lived the long nineteenth century in the shadow of the revolutionary age.

Despite the ghosts raised in this epic tale, Robert Gildea has written a richly engaging and provocative book. His is a strikingly unfamiliar France, a country with an often overwhelming gap between Paris and the provinces, a country torn apart by fratricidal hatreds and a tortured history of feminism, the site of political catastrophes and artistic triumphs, and a country that managed—despite a pervasive awareness of its own fall from grace—to fix itself squarely at the heart of modernity. Indeed, Gildea reveals how the collective recognition of the great costs of the Revolution galvanized the French to achieve consensus in a new republic and to integrate the tumultuous past into their sense of national identity. It was in this spirit that France’s young men went to the front in World War I with a powerful sense of national confidence and purpose.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674057241
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
10/30/2010
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

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Introduction The Children of the Revolution 1

Pt. 1 France, 1799-1870

1 Revolution or Consensus? French Politics, 1799-1870 19

2 Discovering France 66

3 A Divided Society 91

4 Religion and Revolution 118

5 'Le Malheur d'etre femme' 141

6 Artistic Genius and Bourgeois Culture 168

7 The French in a Foreign Mirror 199

Pt. 2 France, 1870-1914

8 War and Commune, 1870-1871 229

9 Consensus Found: French Politics, 1870-1914 246

10 Reconciling Paris and the Provinces 289

11 Class Cohesion 311

12 Secularization and Religious Revival 337

13 Feminism and its Frustrations 364

14 Modernism and Mass Culture 390

15 Rebuilding the Nation 410

Conclusion: 1914 437

Notes 444

Index 521

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