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Restoration and Persistent Revolution, 1815-1848

Seminar Questions

  • Why didn’t France's political system stabilize in the first half of the nineteenth century?
  • How would you characterise Hugo’s view on the barricades of 1848? How do his views reflect the conflicting currents in political consciences of the nineteenth century?
  • How did Marx assess Louis Napoleon’s rise? How does his interpretation reflect his overall philosophy and theory of history?
  • What does Balzac's Vautrin tell us about mid nineteenth-century Parisian society? (You should have completed Père Goriot) 

Core Reading

Further Reading

  • M. Agulhon, The Republican Experiment, 1848-1852 (1983)
  • M. Price, The Perilous Crown: France 1814-1848 (2007)
  • L. Collins, Government and Society in France, 1814-1848 (1970)
  • D. Johnson, Guizot (1963)
  • J. P. T. Bury and R. P. Tombs, Thiers (1797-1877): a political life (1986)
  • T. E. B. Howarth, Citizen King: The Life of Louis-Philippe: King of the French (1961)
  • D. Porch, Army and Revolution (1974)
  • C. Morazé, The Triumph of the Middle Classes (1966)
  • A. Jardin and A. Tudesq, Restoration and Reaction 1815-1848 (1983)
  • W. Echard, Historical Dictionary of the French Second Empire, 1852-1870 (1985)
  • A. Plessis, The Rise and Fall of the Second Empire, 1852 – 1871 (1988)
  • R. Price, A Social History of Nineteenth-Century France (1987)
  • J. Sessions, By Sword and Plow: France and the Conquest of Algeria (2011)
  • P. Sahlins, Forest Rites: The War of the Desmoiselles in Nineteenth-Century France (1998)
  • A. Corbin, The Foul and the Fragrant: Odor and the French Social Imaginary (1988)
  • A. Corbin, Village Bells: Sound and Meaning in the 19th Century French Countryside (1998)
  • J. Popkin, Press, revolution, and social identities in France, 1830-1835 (2002)