The Politics of Rural Life: Political Mobilization in the French Countryside 1846-1852

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The first full scholarly study of rural politics in France during the Second Republic (1848-1852), this book examines the Revolution of 1848 and the subsequent regime that changed the face of mass politics in France. Unprecedented numbers of French men and women participated in legal and illegal forms of political activity during a period of protracted crisis which was ultimately resolved by a military coup d'etat. McPhee explores this neglected period of rural France and draws on hundreds of regional studies to...
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Overview


The first full scholarly study of rural politics in France during the Second Republic (1848-1852), this book examines the Revolution of 1848 and the subsequent regime that changed the face of mass politics in France. Unprecedented numbers of French men and women participated in legal and illegal forms of political activity during a period of protracted crisis which was ultimately resolved by a military coup d'etat. McPhee explores this neglected period of rural France and draws on hundreds of regional studies to examine the large-scale political mobilizations of right and left in the countryside, and offers a new synthesis and interpretation of these years. A lucid and scholarly analysis of a turbulent period in modern French history and its long-term social and political consequences, this book shows that rural politics were both more complex and more threatening to urban elites than has been generally recognized.
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"McPhee argues in a brisk and passionate narrative that whole sections of the French peasantry supported a kind of democratic socialism, which they sought to secure through insurrection in 1851"--Choice

"McPhee writes with energy and passion."--American Historical Review

"McPhee's important study demands that historians both reexamine some of their theoretical assumptions and ask new questions of their archival sources."--Journal of Modern History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198202257
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/1992
  • Pages: 318
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

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Abbreviations
Introduction: The Social History of Politics 1
1 Rural France in the 1840s 15
2 The Crisis of the July Monarchy: 1846-1848 56
3 The Liberation of Political Life: February-June 1848 75
4 The Polarization of Rural France: June 1848-May 1849 106
5 The Political Geography of France under the Second Republic 138
6 The Battle for the Countryside: May 1849-May 1850 171
7 An Undeclared Civil War: May 1850-December 1851 199
8 Rural Revolt and State Terror 227
Conclusion: The Second Republic in Rural Perspective 260
Bibliography 277
Index 298
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