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By Sword and PlowFrance and the Conquest of Algeria$
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Jennifer E. Sessions

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449758

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449758.001.0001

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Empire of Merit

Empire of Merit

The July Monarchy and the Algerian War

(p.67) 2 Empire of Merit
By Sword and Plow

Jennifer E. Sessions

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses Algeria's place in the official culture of the Orléans monarchy. Like Charles X before him, King Louis-Philippe d'Orléans pinned the legitimacy of his July Monarchy to the Algerian war. By associating themselves with the triumphs and sacrifices of the Armée d'Afrique, the Orléans men sought to demonstrate a new model of constitutional kingship in which the personal merits of a “chosen” ruler could reconcile the competing notions of sovereignty that had erupted into revolution in 1830. Doing so in such spectacular fashion, however, highlighted the ambiguities of their novel claims to power.

Keywords:   King Louis-Philippe d'Orléans, French conquest, France, Algeria, Algerian war, constitutional kingship, sovereignty

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