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Sons of the Revolution: Radical Democrats in France, 1860-1914

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With their dream of creating a republic that derived its legitimacy from the citizenry, the French Radical democrats, who saw themselves as the legitimate heirs of the 1789 and 1848 revolutions, formed the very heart of the political world of the Belle Epoque. Yet since the collapse of the Third Republic in 1940, their influence has steadily diminished and their flamboyant turn-of-the-century party leader, Camille Pelletan - wild haired, chronically rumpled, bombastic - is all but forgotten. How did the Radicals,...
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With their dream of creating a republic that derived its legitimacy from the citizenry, the French Radical democrats, who saw themselves as the legitimate heirs of the 1789 and 1848 revolutions, formed the very heart of the political world of the Belle Epoque. Yet since the collapse of the Third Republic in 1940, their influence has steadily diminished and their flamboyant turn-of-the-century party leader, Camille Pelletan - wild haired, chronically rumpled, bombastic - is all but forgotten. How did the Radicals, who in five decades went from a semilegal opposition group during the Second Empire to the largest political party in the Third Republic's Chamber of Deputies, end in obsolescence and defeat? To answer this question, Judith F. Stone offers an original reassessment of radicalism and the political culture of the Third Republic, deftly analyzing its conflicting aspirations against a backdrop of class and gender conflict, an evolving constituency, and the birth of the career politician. With insights drawn from contemporary cultural and political literature, Stone attributes the Republic's failure to the inability of the Radicals to speak for both the people and the nation. Nevertheless, she reminds us just what an audacious departure it was to establish a republic in a major European state; because of the Radical democrats, a much broader range of educated bourgeois men - not simply aristocrats and haute bourgeoisie - had access to political power.
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Stone (history, Western Michigan U.) recounts the history of French Radical Democrats, from their beginnings as a semilegal opposition group, through their role as the largest political party in the Third Republic's Chamber of Deputies, to their eventual defeat and obscurity. She analyzes the political culture of the Third Republic against a backdrop of gender and class conflict and the birth of the career politician, and chronicles the struggles of Camille Pelletan and his colleagues to construct a truly democratic society. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780807120200
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
I The Fathers 17
II The Sons 60
III Creating a Radical Identity 104
IV Defense of the Republic, 1892-1902 144
V Electoral Politics in the Provinces 176
VI The Parliamentary World 219
VII Dilemmas of the Republican State 261
VIII Left-Wing Radicalism and Its Internal Critics 299
IX Left-Wing Radicalism and Its External Critics 339
Conclusion: The Politics of Nostalgia 381
Bibliography 407
Index 421
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