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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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The Republicans of the Second Empire

The Republicans of the Second Empire

(p.35) 4 The Republicans of the Second Empire
The French Republic

Sudhir Hazareesingh

, Arthur Goldhammer
Cornell University Press

This chapter sheds light on the intellectual and cultural inventiveness of the republicans during the Second Empire. Though defeated politically and forced to survive in often difficult conditions, they nevertheless discovered a myriad of ways to assert their identity. In particular, they developed a variety of new associations and forms of sociability. In addition, the republicans of the Second Empire shared the same intellectual and political field as the liberals, the Catholic traditionalists, and the Bonapartists: they mingled with one another and appealed to the same historical memories and references. These and other recent insights into the political and intellectual world of the republicans during this period thus debunk the post-1870 myth of a frontal opposition between republican doctrine and Bonapartist “Caesarism.”

Keywords:   republicans, Second Empire, republican associations, liberals, traditionalists, Bonapartists, republicanism, Caesarism

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