People and Politics in France, 1848-1870

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Why do people take an interest in politics? What do they hope to gain from voting? Why support one political "party" rather than another? To what extent is political behavior rooted in "class" or community? Although these are all questions which might be asked of emerging Third World countries, the focus in this study is on nineteenth-century Europe and, in particular, the aftermath of the 1848 Revolution in France. It covers responses to the counter-revolutionary policies of the imperial regime of Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte following his coup d'├ętat and the subsequent emergence of democracy in that country.

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"...a fascinating reconstruction of political life in France during the era of Louis-Napoleon...crisp and discerning presentation. Highly recommended." L.A. Rollo, York College of Pennsylvania, CHOICE

"rich synthesis of French social and political history" - Charles Tilly, Columbia University

"...(S)mart and thought-provoking book...In People and Politics, Price provides readers with a remarkable synthesis of research..."
Carol E. Harrison, Journal of Modern History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521837064
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2004
  • Series: New Studies in European History Series
  • Pages: 477
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Price is Professor of History, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. His recent book The French Second Empire: An Anatomy of Political Power was published by Cambridge University Press in 2001.

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Dominant classes: the social elites; 2. Coming to terms with 'democracy'; 3. Aspiring social groups: the middle classes; 4. Peasants and rural society: a dominated class?; 5. Peasants and politics; 6. The formation of a working class; 7. The working class challenge: socialisation and political choice; Conclusion.

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