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In this invaluable reference work, the world's foremost authorities on France's political, social, cultural, and intellectual history explore the history and meaning of the French Republic and the challenges it has faced. Founded in 1792, the French Republic has been defined and redefined by a succession of regimes and institutions, a multiplicity of symbols, and a plurality of meanings, ideas, and values. Although constantly in flux, the Republic has nonetheless produced a set of core ideals and practices fundamental to modern France's political culture and democratic life.

Based on the influential Dictionnaire critique de la république, published in France in 2002, The French Republic provides an encyclopedic survey of French republicanism since the Enlightenment. Divided into three sections—"Time and History," "Principles and Values," and "Dilemmas and Debates"—The French Republic begins by examining each of France's five Republics and its two authoritarian interludes, the Second Empire and Vichy. It then offers thematic essays on such topics as Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity; laicity; citizenship; the press; immigration; decolonization; anti-Semitism; gender; the family; cultural policy; and the Muslim headscarf debates. Each essay includes a brief guide to further reading.

This volume features updated translations of some of the most important essays from the French edition, as well as twenty-two newly commissioned English-language essays, for a total of forty entries. Taken together, they provide a state-of-the art appraisal of French republicanism and its role in shaping contemporary France’s public and private life.

Contributors: Anne-Claude Ambroise-Rendu, Université de Paris X; Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau, École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS); Jean Baubérot, EHESS; Edward Berenson, New York University; John R. Bowen, Washington University in St. Louis; Herrick Chapman, New York University; Alice L. Conklin, The Ohio State University, Vincent Duclert, EHESS; Steven Englund, The American University of Paris; Éric Fassin, École Normale Supérieure, Paris; Stéphane Gerson, New York University; Nancy L. Green, EHESS; Patrice Gueniffey, EHESS; Sudhir Hazareesingh, University of Oxford; Ivan Jablonka, Université du Maine, Le Mans, and Collège de France; Julian Jackson, Queen Mary University of London; Paul Jankowski, Brandeis University; Jeremy Jennings, Queen Mary University of London; Dominique Kalifa, University of Paris 1 Panthéon–Sorbonne; Lloyd Kramer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Cécile Laborde, University College London and Institute for Advanced Study; Herman Lebovics, Stony Brook University; Mary Dewhurst Lewis, Harvard University; Philip Nord, Princeton University; Karen M. Offen, Stanford University; Christophe Prochasson, EHESS; Emmanuelle Saada, Columbia University and EHESS; Martin Schain, New York University; Joan Wallach Scott, Institute for Advanced Study; Jerrold Seigel, New York University; Todd Shepard, The Johns Hopkins University; Daniel J. Sherman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Bonnie G. Smith, Rutgers University; Frédéric Viguier, New York University; Rosemary Wakeman, Fordham University; François Weil, EHESS; Johnson Kent Wright, Arizona State University.

Translations from the French by Arthur Goldhammer.

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Editorial Reviews

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"French republicanism is often presented as unitary, centralized, and secular, and the various essays here examine how regional identities, feminism, immigration, and cultural difference have challenged the neo-Jacobin understanding of the 'one and indivisible' nation. . . . The essays arc brief but thorough, and each is accompanied by a list of suggested further readings, making this work an invaluable resource to students of French history. Summing up: Highly recommended."—Choice (February 2012)

"The original [French-language] volume was very much a 'critical dictionary,' with an original scholarly approach, but nonetheless something of the monumentality of many other dictionaries . . . . This volume—far slimmer, with its forty short essays—develops much further the questioning and critical nature of their approach. It is the more indispensable, indeed, for being lighter, brisker, and more plural in its deliberate attempt to solicit a range of often contradictory perspectives. In making this shift, the project has taken on new dynamism by deliberately setting out to offer a trans-Atlantic regard croisé, with Edward Berenson joining the editorial team and a range of American scholars, many of them among the most eminent in their fields, writing reflections as scholars of France (in some cases) or as scholars of Western social, political or intellectual history more generally. . . . The effect of this infusion of intellectual and cultural history by American authors is to underline what I think they had always sought to do: to provide a critical discussion of French republics, republicanism and republican culture."—Julian Wright, H-France Review (January 2012)

"The French Republic is an invaluable resource for historians of modern France. The thirty-eight essays, written by eminent scholars representing three countries and multiple intellectual traditions and generations, are of an uncommonly high quality. Although some are less tightly focused than others, the vast majority are clearly written, well-conceived, and authoritative, blending synthesis with fresh analysis. Because of the volume's unusual structure, the book ranges more widely than most edited collections and provides a great diversity of pieces that are nonetheless in dialogue with one another."—Susan B. Whitney, Canadian Journal of History (Winter 2012)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801449017
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 6/16/2011
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Berenson is Professor of History and French Studies at New York University. He is the author of The Trial of Madame Caillaux and Heroes of Empire, among other books.

Vincent Duclert, France's leading expert on the Dreyfus Affair, is the author of books including L'Affaire Dreyfus and Dreyfus au Panthéon.

Christophe Prochasson, one of France's top cultural and political historians, is the author of books including Les années électriques, 1880–1910 and Au nom de la patrie.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Transatlantic Histories of France
Edward Berenson and Vincent Duclert, translated by Arthur Goldhammer

Part I: Time and History

1. The Enlightenment
Johnson Kent Wright

2. The First Republic
Patrice Gueniffey, translated by Arthur Goldhammer

3. The Second Republic
Edward Berenson

4. The Republicans of the Second Empire
Sudhir Hazareesingh, translated by Arthur Goldhammer

5. The Third Republic
Philip Nord

6. War and the Republic
Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau, translated by Arthur Goldhammer

7. The Republic and Vichy
Julian Jackson, translated by Arthur Goldhammer

8. The Fourth Republic
Rosemary Wakeman

9. The Fifth Republic
Martin Schain

Part II. Principles and Values

10. Liberty
Jeremy Jennings

11. Equality
Jeremy Jennings

12. Fraternity
Anne-Claude Ambroise-Rendu, translated by Arthur Goldhammer

13. Democracy
Patrice Gueniffey, translated by Arthur Goldhammer

14. Laicity
Jean Baubérot, translated by Arthur Goldhammer

15. Citizenship
Cécile Laborde, translated by Arthur Goldhammer

16. Universalism
Jeremy Jennings

17. The Republic and Justice
Paul Jankowski

18. The State
Herrick Chapman

19. The Civilizing Mission
Alice L. Conklin

20. Parité
Joan Wallach Scott

21. The Press
Dominique Kalifa, translated by Renée Champion and Edward Berenson

22. Times of Exile and Immigration
Lloyd Kramer

23. The USA, Sister Republic
François Weil, translated by Arthur Goldhammer

24. The Local
Stéphane Gerson

Part III. Dilemmas and Debates

25. The Republic and the Indigènes
Emmanuelle Saada, translated by Renée Champion and Edward Berenson

26. Immigration
Mary Dewhurst Lewis

27. The Immigration History Museum
Nancy L. Green

28. Decolonization and the Republic
Todd Shepard

29. The Suburbs
Frédéric Viguier

30. The Republic and the Veil
John R. Bowen

31. Antisemitism, Judeophobia, and the Republic
Steven Englund

32. Feminism and the Republic
Karen Offen

33. Gender and the Republic
Bonnie G. Smith

34. Order and Disorder in the Family
Éric Fassin

35. Children and the State
Ivan Jablonka

36. Commemoration
Daniel J. Sherman

37. Intellectuals and the Republic
Jerrold Seigel

38. Cultural Policy
Herman Lebovics

Conclusions

American Perspectives on the French Republic
Edward Berenson

Beyond the "Republican Model"
Vincent Duclert, translated by Arthur Goldhammer

Contributors

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