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The French RepublicHistory, Values, Debates$
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Edward Ducler Berenson, Vincent Duclert, and Christophe Prochasson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449017

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449017.001.0001

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Beyond the “Republican Model”

Beyond the “Republican Model”

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(p.367) Beyond the “Republican Model”
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The French Republic
Author(s):

Vincent Duclert

, Arthur Goldhammer
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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449017.003.0041

This concluding chapter argues for the need to move on beyond sterile analyses of the “republican model” in French historiography. It reiterates the conclusions drawn by the previous chapters of this book: that the Republic must be historicized; that is, a study of the political experience of society in the period during which the republican regime consolidated its position in France has become imperative. To that end, we must adopt a more open concept of the Republic, abandoning its narrow legal definition as a regime founded by the constitutional laws of 1875, the existence of a Jacobin state, and the regular functioning of institutions such as the electoral process and governmental policymaking. The chapter contends that the Republic should not be identified with any specific republican model or order.

Keywords:   republican model, French historiography, French Republic, political experience, republican regime

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