Friendship and Politics in Post-Revolutionary France

Friendship and Politics in Post-Revolutionary France

by Sarah Horowitz

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In Friendship and Politics in Post-Revolutionary France, Sarah Horowitz brings together the political and cultural history of post-revolutionary France to illuminate how French society responded to and recovered from the upheaval of the French Revolution. The Revolution led to a heightened sense of distrust and divided the nation along ideological lines. In the wake of the Terror, many began to express concerns about the atomization of French society. Friendship, though, was regarded as one bond that could restore trust and cohesion. Friends relied on each other to serve as confidants; men and women described friendship as a site of both pleasure and connection. Because trust and cohesion were necessary to the functioning of post-revolutionary parliamentary life, politicians turned to friends and ideas about friendship to create this solidarity. Relying on detailed analyses of politicians’ social networks, new tools arising from the digital humanities, and examinations of behind-the-scenes political transactions, Horowitz makes clear the connection between politics and emotions in the early nineteenth century, and she reevaluates the role of women in political life by showing the ways in which the personal was the political in the post-revolutionary era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271063706
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 01/23/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Sarah Horowitz is Assistant Professor of History at Washington and Lee University.

Table of Contents


List of Figures


Introduction: Friendship in Post-Revolutionary France

1 The Sentimental Education of the Political

2 The Politics of Anomie

3 Friends with Benefits

4 Post-Revolutionary Social Networks

5 The Politics of Male Friendship

6 The Bonds of Concord: Women and Politics


Appendix A Béranger, Chateaubriand, Guizot, and Their Friends

Appendix B Detailed Social Networks in the 1820s and 1840s




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