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Becoming BourgeoisLove, Kinship, and Power in Provincial France, 1670-1880$
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Christopher H. Johnson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453984

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453984.001.0001

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Into the World

Into the World

(p.260) Chapter Nine Into the World
Becoming Bourgeois

Christopher H. Johnson

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on René Jean-Marie Galles’s career after graduating from École polytechnique. It argues that without his mother’s constant prodding and solicitude, the encouragement of her generation’s near relatives, her aunt’s iron-clad expectations of him, and his own sheer talent, René would not have made it to the École polytechnique. More specifically, it highlights the important role played by kinship in René’s admission to the École polytechnique. It also considers the circle of connections that characterized the paths to success of polytechniciens; how the death of Marie Jollivet Le Ridant and her will affected René’s homecoming; and René’s marriage to Marie Le Montagner. The chapter concludes by analyzing the Revolution of 1848 through the eyes of Adèle Galles.

Keywords:   kinship, René Jean-Marie Galles, École polytechnique, career, polytechniciens, Marie Jollivet Le Ridant, marriage, Marie Le Montagner, Revolution of 1848, Adèle Galles

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