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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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American Perspectives on the French Republic

American Perspectives on the French Republic

(p.357) American Perspectives on the French Republic
The French Republic

Edward Berenson

Cornell University Press

This chapter comments on the political and ideological differences between the French and American Republics, focusing in particular on the American perspectives of the former. Both nations are often referred to as “sister republics;” and both have likewise given rise to modern democratic politics, yet stark differences between their republics have inspired varying levels of interest on the American side for the politics and values of the other. During the United States' first century of existence, American political and intellectual leaders wrote regularly, even obsessively, about French politics and particularly about French revolutions and the republics that followed in their wake. However a century later such a unanimous enthusiasm for French republicanism would face a marked decline.

Keywords:   American republicanism, French republicanism, sister republics, modern democratic politics, French politics, French revolution

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