The Past In French History

The Past In French History

by Robert Gildea
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300067119

ISBN-13: 9780300067118

Pub. Date: 05/15/1996

Publisher: Yale University Press

This fascinating book offers a new perspective on French history and political culture by examining how the commemoration of the past pervades French public life. The book surveys the ways that various political communities in France during the past two centuries-proponents of revolution and counterrevolution, church and state, centralism and regionalism, and national…  See more details below

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This fascinating book offers a new perspective on French history and political culture by examining how the commemoration of the past pervades French public life. The book surveys the ways that various political communities in France during the past two centuries-proponents of revolution and counterrevolution, church and state, centralism and regionalism, and national identity and nationalism-have used different versions of the past in order to define their identities and legitimate their goals.

"Never before have the competing constructions of the past been examined in a single volume with such erudition and panache. . . . Gildea deals with his subject theoretically, but he intertwines his themes with dexterity and originality."-Douglas Johnson, Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300067118
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/15/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.89(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Writing French History1
Ch. 1Revolution
A Question of Commemoration13
Revolution and Ambivalence20
The Vendee of Memory26
Liberalism and Revolution31
Practising the Republic34
Socialism and Revolution42
Communism and Revolution48
Ch. 2Bonapartism
Shaping the Bonapartist Myth62
Defusing the Bonapartist Myth78
The Cults of Napoleon89
Ch. 3Grandeur
Constructing Greatness112
The Soldiers of the Year II134
Joan of Arc154
Ch. 4Regionalism
The Struggle for Republican Federalism166
Defining the Region191
Ch. 5Catholicism
Revolution and Catholicism214
Catholicism and Revolution225
Protestantism and Revolution249
Ch. 6Anarchism
The First International260
The Battle with Socialism269
The Battle with Communism279
1968289
Ch. 7Bridging the Revolution?
The Popular Monarchy299
Anti-Semitism305
National Syndicalism311
National Socialism318
The New Right329
Conclusion340
Notes345
Bibliography391
Index406

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