Author: Steven Laurence Kaplan
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Steven Laurence Kaplan reconstructs and analyzes the loud and bitter arguments over the meaning of the French Revolution which have consumed French intellectuals in recent years. Kaplan recounts the contemporary debates over the meaning of the Revolution, tracing the impact of the historians' bitter quarrel, from Parisian academic circles to the public arenas of the bicentennial celebration. He considers the roles played in those arguments by three of France's most influential historians: François Furet, Pierre Chaunu, and Michel Vovelle. In 1993, Editions Fayard published Steven Laurence Kaplan's controversial history of the bicentennial commemoration of the French Revolution. Here available in English is one of the most polemical parts of that work, Kaplan's account of the contemporary debates over the meaning of the Revolution. Farewell, Revolution: The Historians' Feud, France, 1789/1989 traces the impact of the historians' bitter quarrel, from Parisian academic circles to the public arenas of the bicentennial celebration. Kaplan considers in intimate detail the roles played in those arguments by three of France's most influential historians: François Furet, Pierre Chaunu, and Michel Vovelle. As he reenacts the feud, Kaplan invites a reassessment of the relationship between the writing of history and the practice of politics. His book suggests that the charged relationship between history and politics that enlivened the bicentennial may be the Revolution's most enduring legacy.
Author: Dale K. Van Kley
Publisher: Yale University Press
Annotation Although the French Revolution is associated with efforts to dechristianize the French state and citizenry, it actually had long-term religious -- even Christian -- origins, claims Dale Van Kley in this controversial new book. Looking back at the two and a half centuries that preceded the revolution, Van Kley explores the diverse, often warring religious strands that influenced political events up to the revolution.
Author: K. Steven Vincent
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Here is the first scholarly study of the life and thought of Benoît Malon (1841-1893), the most persuasive and visible spokesman for reformist socialism during the early years of the French Third Republic. Active in the generation of the French Left that came of age under the Second Empire, Malon was a prominent member of the First International in Paris and later joined the Paris Commune. As a result, he was forced into exile in Switzerland and Italy during the 1870s, where he became entangled in the struggles within the International. Malon attempted to steer a course between Marxist authoritarianism and anarchist utopianism, which he continued on his return to France in 1880. Vincent analyzes Malon's role as activist, editor, and author, arguing that Malon drew on a strong tradition of left-wing French republicanism. In his mature works, Malon articulated a socialism that emphasized broad moral and socioeconomic reform and advocated parliamentary rule as the appropriate source of national sovereignty. In helping the republican socialist Left shed its revolutionary associations, he pointed the way for later reformist socialists from Jean Jaurès to François Mitterrand.
Author: Ceri Crossley
The French Revolution had a profound influence on perceptions of the past as well as setting the agenda for modern political culture. This book examines the ways in which the past was rediscovered, retrieved and represented in post-revolutionary France, concentrating upon the Restoration and the July Monarchy, the period which witnessed the promotion of history as a grand discourse of legitimation.
Author: Michel Winock
La République française a longtemps fait figure de régime politique original dans le concert des Etats européens. Elle le demeure encore largement malgré de récentes évolutions. Cet ouvrage analyse l'élaboration du régime républicain, enraciné dans l'héritage des Lumières et de la Révolution, tel qu'il s'est constitué à la fin du XIXe siècle. Il passe en revue les résistances auxquelles il s'est heurté, ainsi que les forces et les idéologies qui ont voulu le " dépasser ". Enfin, il dégage les conditions et suit les métamorphoses qui ont entraîné l'avènement d'une nouvelle République. La plupart des chapitres de ce livre sont tirés d'articles déjà publiés, principalement dans L'Histoire.
Author: William Edmiston, Annie Dumenil
Publisher: Cengage Learning
LA FRANCE CONTEMPORAINE, 4th Edition, immerses students in the France of today, through timely, up-to-date information about the political, social, technological, economic and rich cultural forces that affect this fascinating country and its people. Students acquire valuable insights that improve their understanding of the Francophone world and consequently, their communication in French. The clear prose facilitates comprehension of the complex issues presented, while the engaging activities encourage critical thinking and stimulate discussion. With the addition of a fully integrated companion website, students are brought even closer to everything that makes France French. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Author: Sabine Freitag, Rudolf Muhs
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Studies on exile in the 19th century tend to be restricted to national histories. This volume is the first to offer a broader view by looking at French, Italian, Hungarian, Polish, Czech and German political refugees who fled to England after the European revolutions of 1848/49. The contributors examine various aspects of their lives in exile such as their opportunities for political activities, the forms of political cooperation that existed between exiles from different European countries on the one hand and with organizations and politicians in England on the other and, finally, the attitude of the host country towards the refugees, and their perceptions of the country which had granted them asylum.
Author: Simon Baker
Publisher: Peter Lang
This book is a new account of the surrealist movement in France between the two world wars. It examines the uses that surrealist artists and writers made of ideas and images associated with the French Revolution, describing a complex relationship between surrealism's avant-garde revolt and its powerful sense of history and heritage. Focusing on both texts and images by key figures such as Louis Aragon, Georges Bataille, Jacques-Andre Boiffard, Andre Breton, Robert Desnos, Max Ernst, Max Morise, and Man Ray, this book situates surrealist material in the wider context of the literary and visual arts of the period through the theme of revolution. It raises important questions about the politics of representing French history, literary and political memorial spaces, monumental representations of the past and critical responses to them, imaginary portraiture and revolutionary spectatorship. The study shows that a full understanding of surrealism requires a detailed account of its attitude to revolution, and that understanding this surrealist concept of revolution means accounting for the complex historical imagination at its heart."