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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 Press

The Press

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The French Republic

Dominique Kalifa

, Renée Champion, Edward Berenson
Cornell University Press

This chapter argues that the huge professional and commercial transformation that the French newspapers underwent in the middle of the nineteenth century gave rise to a new press that was far less political than its predecessors. It shows how, in contrast to such political histories that emphasize a special link between the Republic and the press, recent economic and cultural analyses—which focus on the internal operations of newspapers—had advanced a more nuanced point of view, revealing that the new press catered more to market demands than to partisan positions. And even though these developments never made the press generally hostile to the Republic, commercialization did impose new constraints on newspapers and reshaped their priorities.

Keywords:   French press, French newspapers, political histories, market demands, commercialization

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