A divided republic : nation, state and citizenship in by Emile Chabal

By Emile Chabal

This booklet is an unique and complicated historic interpretation of latest French political tradition. formerly, there were few makes an attempt to appreciate the political outcomes of the profound geopolitical, highbrow and monetary adjustments that France has passed through because the Seventies. even if, Emile Chabal's unique learn exhibits how passionate debates over citizenship, immigration, colonial reminiscence, the reform of the kingdom and the historiography of contemporary France have galvanised the French elite and created new areas for dialogue and war of words. lots of those debates have coalesced round political languages - republicanism and liberalism - either one of which constitution the historic mind's eye and the symbolic vocabulary of French political actors. the stress among those political languages has turn into the vital battleground of latest French politics. it's round those poles that politicians, intellectuals and contributors of France's tremendous civil society have attempted to barter the bold demanding situations of ideological uncertainty and a renewed experience of worldwide lack of confidence

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3, 2002), pp. ), Redefining the French Republic (Manchester University Press, 2006). The institutional narrative: the Republic as lieu de mémoire 19 lies first and foremost in a rehabilitation of republicanism and the Republic by historians in the late 1970s. In subsequent chapters, we shall examine the roots of neo-republicanism in party politics and French intellectual life, but here I should like to focus on the writing of history. Like nineteenth- and early twentieth-century republicanism, neo-republicanism has relied very heavily on a specific reading of French history in order to secure its political legitimacy.

Other reviewers – especially in France – highlighted the importance of Nora’s project as an attempt to ‘revisiter le monument national qu’a toujours été l’histoire de France’. -P. Rioux, ‘La déesse mémoire’, Le Monde, 18 March 1993. Nora examines the ‘age of commemoration’ in his conclusion to the seven volumes. ), Les Lieux de Mémoire, Tome 3, Les France: III. De l’archive l’emblème (Paris: Gallimard, 1992), pp. 977–1012. 61 Where the Annales school had highlighted the longue durée – and especially the deep, physical continuities in landscape and geography – Nora’s project began with the ephemeral symbols of a political regime (calendars, festivals, anthems .

By the 1990s, republicanism and the Republic had become unavoidable reference points in French political discourse. 42 Republicanism, it seemed, was born again. The institutional narrative: the Republic as lieu de mémoire It is appropriate that the first signs of a republican revival were to be found among historians. This is because the genesis of neo-republicanism 40 41 42 Agulhon, République, Tome 2, pp. 295–352. On the eclipse of the PCF, see Sudhir Hazareesingh, Intellectuals and the French Communist Party: Disillusion and Decline (Oxford: Clarendon, 1991).

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