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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300067118
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/1996
  • 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 History 1
Ch. 1 Revolution
A Question of Commemoration 13
Revolution and Ambivalence 20
The Vendee of Memory 26
Liberalism and Revolution 31
Practising the Republic 34
Socialism and Revolution 42
Communism and Revolution 48
Ch. 2 Bonapartism
Shaping the Bonapartist Myth 62
Defusing the Bonapartist Myth 78
The Cults of Napoleon 89
Ch. 3 Grandeur
Constructing Greatness 112
The Soldiers of the Year II 134
Joan of Arc 154
Ch. 4 Regionalism
The Struggle for Republican Federalism 166
Defining the Region 191
Ch. 5 Catholicism
Revolution and Catholicism 214
Catholicism and Revolution 225
Protestantism and Revolution 249
Ch. 6 Anarchism
The First International 260
The Battle with Socialism 269
The Battle with Communism 279
1968 289
Ch. 7 Bridging the Revolution?
The Popular Monarchy 299
Anti-Semitism 305
National Syndicalism 311
National Socialism 318
The New Right 329
Conclusion 340
Notes 345
Bibliography 391
Index 406
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