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Author Gildea, Robert.

Title Children of the Revolution : the French, 1799-1914 / Robert Gildea.

Published London ; New York : Allen Lane, 2008.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  944.06 GILD    AVAILABLE
Physical description xx, 540 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Series New Penguin history of France.
New Penguin history of France.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 444-519) and index.
Contents Introduction. The Children of the Revolution -- Pt. 1. France, 1799-1870 -- 1. Revolution or Consensus?: French Politics, 1799-1870 -- 2. Discovering France -- 3. A Divided Society -- 4. Religion and Revolution -- 5. 'Le Malheur d'etre femme' -- 6. Artistic Genius and Bourgeois Culture -- 7. The French in a Foreign Mirror -- Pt. 2. France, 1870-1914 -- 8. War and Commune, 1870-1871 -- 9. Consensus Found: French Politics, 1870-1914 -- 10. Reconciling Paris and the Provinces -- 11. Class Cohesion -- 12. Secularization and Religious Revival -- 13. Feminism and its Frustrations -- 14. Modernism and Mass Culture -- 15. Rebuilding the Nation -- Conclusion: 1914.
Summary "Children of the Revolution is a wonderful account of how the French repeatedly tried and failed to come up with a new, stable regime for themselves. For those who lived through the quarter century from the storming of the Bastille to Napoleon's final defeat, these events left such a profound mark that no subsequent king, emperor or president could ever match up. No regime seemed to be able to establish itself - whether in favour of or against the Revolution's values - without generating fresh, often murderous opposition. These fratricidal hatreds affected all aspects of French life. They distorted families, religion, art, foreign policy and education, with each generation of the Revolution's 'children' experiencing their own revolutions, wars, attempted assassinations and coups." "This is a richly enjoyable and surprising book. It reveals a strikingly unfamiliar France: a country with an often overwhelming gap between Paris and the provinces, in which feminism had its own, tortured history, and which managed both to lie at the heart of modernity and yet to remain agonized by a sense of its fall from former greatness."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Nationalism -- France -- History -- 19th century.
France -- History -- Consulate and First Empire, 1799-1815.
France -- History -- 19th century.
France -- History -- Third Republic, 1870-1940.
France -- Politics and government -- 1799-1815.
France -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
France -- Politics and government -- 1870-1940.
ISBN 9780713997606 (hbk.)
0713997605 (hbk.)