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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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Transatlantic Histories of France

(p.1) Introduction
The French Republic

Edward Berenson

Vincent Duclert

, Arthur Goldhammer
Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter comments on the changes made to the current 2007 edition of this book for the purpose of developing a novel approach to the history of the French Republic. To that end the chapter explains the book's restructuring and added content, noting the differences between this and the previous 2002 edition. On a broader scale the chapter seeks to initiate a more transatlantic understanding of the Republic, particularly as French history has also become an international history—the nation's status as a former empire has deeply implicated it in the history of Africa, Asia, and the Americas. For U.S.-trained historians and others in the English-speaking world, the story of French republicanism is rife with a great many uphill battles, such as those against Jacobin and Bonapartist dictatorships, as well as monarchical restorations, Catholic reactions, and the proto-fascism of the Vichy regime.

Keywords:   French Republic, republicanism, French history, international history, French empire

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