Farewell, Revolution: Disputed Legacies : France, 1789/1989

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Cornell University Press, 1995 - 573 pages
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The interpretation of the French Revolution has long been the most contentious issue in French history.
How the Revolution should be remembered has been the focus of debates concerned as much with France's future as with its past. Kaplan both reviews these debates and reconstructs - in sometimes hilarious detail - events leading up to the official commemoration. Bringing to bear the skills of the archival historian and the ethnographer, he masterfully explains how a particular political culture attempts to come to terms with its past. As he sketches a provocative picture of politics in France today, he has much to say about more general relationships between memory and collective identity, history and politics.
Farewell, Revolution is based on massive research, including interviews with leading players on the French cultural and political scene. Kaplan vividly describes the evolution not only of the bicentennial celebration in Paris but also of regional festivities and commemorative activities among the French Communists.
 

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Farewell, revolution: the historians' feud: France, 1789-/1989

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Adieu 89, published in France in 1993, is the French version of this volume by Kaplan (history, Cornell), who has other books about 18th-century France to his credit (Provisioning Paris: Merchants and ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

General Introduction
1
Aporias Dilemmas and Opportunities
15
Contents
34
Resurgent Counterrevolutionaries and New Age Antirevolutionaries
41
The Range of Bicentennial
63
Trope and IdeeForce
84
The Church
112
The Presidential Mode of Commemoration
134
From Jungle Fever to Summit Fever
270
The Marseillaise Revisited
302
Anticlimax Zenith and Finale
331
THE BICENTENNIAL AND THE NATION
345
Mobilization for Commemoration
347
A Descent into la France Profonde
374
In the Communist Penumbra
396
Bicentennial Accommodation and Resistance
425

Managing Memory in the Microcosm and the
148
From the Worlds Fair to the Grand
177
Edgar Faure as Bicentennial Missionary
194
JeanNoel Jeanneney and the Mission
220
The Opening of the Bicentennial Season
247
The Bicentennial Destiny of Robespierre
441
Farewell
470
Notes
487
Index
559
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Steven Laurence Kaplan is Goldwin Smith Professor of History at Cornell University.

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