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Funerals, politics, and memory in modern France, 1789-1996 [electronic resource] /
Avner Ben-Amos.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
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ix, 425 p.
ISBN
0198203284 (Cloth)
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Book
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imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
isbn
0198203284 (Cloth)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Title from e-book title screen (viewed October 15, 2007).
catalogue key
7371551
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Reviews
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'erudite'London Review of Books, 20/09/2001
"Funerals, Politics, and Memory is a powerful contribution to the growing literature on rituals in modern French political culture. It is without a doubt one on of the better works in French cultural history to emerge in recent years, adding an entirely new layer of material to the merging literature on memory and civic festivals. Ben-Amos's account is always subtle and sensitive to the complexity of the material he is dealing with." -- French Politics, Culture and Society
" Funerals, Politics, and Memory is a powerful contribution to the growing literature on rituals in modern French political culture. It is without a doubt one on of the better works in French cultural history to emerge in recent years, adding an entirely new layer of material to the merging literature on memory and civic festivals. Ben-Amos's account is always subtle and sensitive to the complexity of the material he is dealing with." -- French Politics, Culture and Society
"Funerals, Politics, and Memoryis a powerful contribution to the growing literature on rituals in modern French political culture. It is without a doubt one on of the better works in French cultural history to emerge in recent years, adding an entirely new layer of material to the merging literature on memory and civic festivals. Ben-Amos's account is always subtle and sensitive to the complexity of the material he is dealing with." --French Politics, Culture and Society
Innovative.
'Innovative'French History
The exceptional richness of this book will make it - for a long time - a work of reference that wonderfully illustrates the new ways of doing political history.
The ongoing presence of monarchical tradition, peculiar to French Republicanism, is emphasized to good effect ... With the excellent index, this book becomes a useful reference tool.
Written in a clear, direct style, with little jargon, and theory largely limited to how these ceremonies were conceived and received at the time they took place, this is a refreshing and always interesting commentary upon one way in which the French have sought to express their diverse political identities over two centuries of waning commitment to public religious values.
'Innovative'French History'erudite'London Review of Books, 20/09/2001
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This study of the state funerals that were celebrated in France between the revolution and the death of Mitterand investigates the funerals of a number of prominent figures which became major public events.
Long Description
This is an interdisciplinary study of the state funerals that were celebrated in France between the French Revolution and the death of Fran├žois Mitterand. Its aim is to explain how the funerals of such prominent figures as Voltaire, Napoleon, Gambetta, Hugo, and de Gaulle became major public events that helped to mould the national memory. Combining the insights of anthropologists and sociologists with a historical analysis, it argues that the dual character of the ceremony, a political festival and final rite of passage, turned the state funeral into a gripping event to which few French people could remain indifferent. The book focuses on the republican tradition of state funerals, which emerged in the French Revolution and has continued through the Fifth Republic. Whether in power or in opposition, the republicans used the funerals of their leaders and militants to educate the masses and mobilize public support. This book, the first comprehensive analysis of French state funerals, is also a major contribution to the study of republican culture.
Long Description
This is a study of the state funerals that were celebrated in France between the French revolution and the death of Francois Mitterand. It investigates the funerals of such prominent figures as Voltaire, Napoleon, Gambetta, Hugo, and de Gaulle, which became major public events that helped to mold the national memory. The book is the first comprehensive analysis of French state funerals, and also a major contribution to the study of French political culture.
Main Description
This is an interdisciplinary study of the state funerals that were celebrated in France between the French Revolution and the death of Francois Mitterand. Its aim is to explain how the funerals of such prominent figures as Voltaire, Napoleon, Gambetta, Hugo, and de Gaulle became major publicevents that helped to mould the national memory. Combining the insights of anthropologists and sociologists with a historical analysis, it argues that the dual character of the ceremony, a political festival and final rite of passage, turned the state funeral into a gripping event to which fewFrench people could remain indifferent. The book focuses on the republican tradition of state funerals, which emerged in the French Revolution and has continued through the Fifth Republic. Whether in power or in opposition, the republicans used the funerals of their leaders and militants to educate the masses and mobilize public support. This book, the first comprehensive analysis of French state funerals, is also a major contribution to the study of republican culture.
Main Description
This is a study of the state funerals that were celebrated in France between the French revolution and the death of Fran ois Mitterand. It investigates the funerals of such prominent figures as Voltaire, Napoleon, Gambetta, Hugo, and de Gaulle, which became major public events that helped to mold the national memory. The book is the first comprehensive analysis of French state funerals, and also a major contribution to the study of French political culture.
Main Description
'Written in a clear, direct style, with little jargon, and theory largely limited to how these ceremonies were conceived and received at the time they took place, this is a refreshing and always interesting commentary upon one way in which the French have sought to express their diverse political identities over two centuries of waning commitment to public religious values.' -Journal of Ecclesiastical History'The ongoing presence of monarchical tradition, peculiar to French Republicanism, is emphasised to good effect... With the excellent index, this book becomes a useful reference tool.' -English Historical Review'Innovative.' -French History'The exceptional richness of this book will make it - for a long time - a work of reference that wonderfully illustrates the new ways of doing political history.' -AnnalesThis is a study of the state funerals that were celebrated in France between the French Revolution and the death of Fran├žois Mitterrand. It investigates the funerals of such prominent figures as Voltaire, Napoleon, Gambetta, Hugo, and de Gaulle, which became major public events that helped to mould the national memory. The book is the first comprehensive analysis of French state funerals, and also a major contribution to the study of French political culture.
Table of Contents
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List of Abbreviations
Introductionp. 1
Genealogyp. 15
The French Revolution and the Emergence of Republican State Funerals 1789-1799p. 17
State Funerals of Kings and Emperors 1800-1870p. 54
Subversive and Revolutionary Funerals 1800-1870p. 87
The Moral Order: The Battle over Civil Funerals 1871-1877p. 110
The Third Republic: The State Funeral as Civic Festival 1879-1940p. 136
Politicsp. 163
Funerals of Politiciansp. 165
Funerals of Soldiers and Colonizersp. 204
Funerals of Scientists, Writers, and Musiciansp. 235
Conclusion: The State Funeral as a Social Dramap. 252
Culturep. 257
The State Funeral as a Rite of Passagep. 259
Separation: The Moment of Death and the Lying-in-Statep. 271
Transition: The Procession and the Cityp. 304
Incorporation: The Burial and the Resonance of the Funeralp. 335
Epilogue: From Vichy to the Fifth Republic: Decline or Transformation?p. 353
Conclusion: Republican State Funerals in a Comparative Perspectivep. 380
The State Funerals of the Second Empirep. 391
The State Funerals of the Third Republicp. 392
Unsuccessful Official Proposals for a Transfer to the Pantheon (Third Republic)p. 395
Select Bibliographyp. 397
Indexp. 413
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