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The French Republic: History, Values, Debates

Edward Ducler Berenson, Vincent Duclert, and Christophe Prochasson


This book explores the history and meaning of the French Republic and the challenges it has faced. Founded in 1792, the French Republic has been defined and redefined by a succession of regimes and institutions, a multiplicity of symbols, and a plurality of meanings, ideas, and values. Although constantly in flux, the Republic has nonetheless produced a set of core ideals and practices fundamental to modern France's political culture and democratic life. Based on the influential Dictionnaire critique de la république, published in France in 2002, this book provides an encyclopedic survey of Fr ... More

Keywords: French Republic, France, French republicanism, Second Empire, Vichy, liberty, equality, fraternity, anti-Semitism, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449017
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449017.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Ducler Berenson, editor
Professor of History and French Studies, New York University

Vincent Duclert, editor

Christophe Prochasson, editor

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Front Matter


Edward Berenson and Vincent Duclert Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

Part I Time and History

1 The Enlightenment

Johnson Kent Wright

2 The First Republic

Patrice Gueniffey Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

3 The Second Republic

Edward Berenson

4 The Republicans of the Second Empire

Sudhir Hazareesingh Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

5 The Third Republic

Philip Nord

6 War and the Republic

Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

7 The Republic and Vichy

Julian Jackson Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

8 The Fourth Republic

Rosemary Wakeman

9 The Fifth Republic

Martin Schain

Part II Principles and Values

10 Liberty

Jeremy Jennings

11 Equality

Jeremy Jennings

12 Fraternity

Anne-Claude Ambroise-Rendu Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

13 Democracy

Patrice Gueniffey Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

14 Laicity

Jean Baubérot Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

15 Citizenship

Cécile Laborde Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

16 Universalism

Jeremy Jennings

18 The State

Herrick Chapman

19 The Civilizing Mission

Alice L. Conklin

20 Parité

Joan Wallach Scott

21 The Press

Dominique Kalifa Translated by Renée Champion and Edward Berenson

23 The USA, Sister Republic

François Weil Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

24 The Local

Stéphane Gerson

Part III Dilemmas and Debates

25 The Republic and the Indigènes

Emmanuelle Saada Translated by Renée Champion and Edward Berenson

26 Immigration

Mary Dewhurst Lewis

29 The Suburbs

Frédéric Viguier

33 Gender and the Republic

Bonnie G. Smith

36 Commemoration

Daniel J. Sherman

38 Cultural Policy

Herman Lebovics


Beyond the “Republican Model”

Vincent Duclert Translated by Arthur Goldhammer

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