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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 Third Republic

The Third Republic

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The French Republic

Philip Nord

Cornell University Press

This chapter assesses the politics of the Third Republic. This regime had lasted seventy years, yet until recently the Third Republic was often criticized, particularly in its constitution and political mores. In considering the regime in a new light, this chapter reveals a complex, bifurcated history of the Republic. That postwar history spoke of an initial golden age lasting through World War I, followed by stalemate and decline—standard themes that retained a critical place in the narrative but did not come into play until the interwar decades. If in this account, the Republic ended in disaster, done in by its own weaknesses, it had begun with enormous promise and achievement.

Keywords:   Third Republic, constitution, political mores, postwar history, World War I, stalemate

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