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A political romance [electronic resource] : Léon Gambetta, Léonie Léon and the making of the French Republic, 1872-82 /
Susan K. Foley and Charles Sowerwine.
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
description
xvi, 315 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0230206867, 9780230206861
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Book
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imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
isbn
0230206867
9780230206861
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8550088
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summaries
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Leon Gambetta is renowned as a founder of the French Third Republic. This study of his correspondence with his lover, Leonie Leon, provides an insight into their intimate and political partnership. It brings to life Gambetta as lover and politician, the unknown figure of Leon, and the political and cultural world of 1870s Paris.
Description for Bookstore
A new perspective on 19th century republican statesman, L on Gambetta, based on his unpublished correspondence with his lover, L onie L on
Description for Bookstore
A new perspective on 19th century republican statesman, Léon Gambetta, based on his unpublished correspondence with his lover, Léonie Léon
Long Description
L on Gambetta is remembered for escaping the Prussian siege of Paris in 1870 in a hot air balloon and for his subsequent role in founding the French Third Republic. This study provides a thoroughly new perspective, focusing on the ten-year relationship between Gambetta and his lover, the courtesan L onie L on. This relationship was both personal and epistolary, their face-to-face meetings complemented by daily letters. As this unpublished correspondence reveals, their intimate partnership was also a political partnership, with Gambetta turning for counsel to his wise Minerva ". Their letters reveal the weight of contemporary gender expectations on the couple "s thinking and behaviour, and the social conventions that excluded L on from respectable " circles. Susan K. Foley and Charles Sowerwine use this fascinating correspondence to provide a richer portrait than Gambetta "s previous biographies, introduce the unknown figure of L on, and produce a unique glimpse into the political and cultural world of 1870s Paris.
Long Description
Léon Gambetta is remembered for escaping the Prussian siege of Paris in 1870 in a hot air balloon and for his subsequent role in founding the French Third Republic. This study provides a thoroughly new perspective, focusing on the ten-year relationship between Gambetta and his lover, the courtesan Léonie Léon. This relationship was both personal and epistolary, their face-to-face meetings complemented by daily letters. As this unpublished correspondence reveals, their intimate partnership was also a political partnership, with Gambetta turning for counsel to his 'wise Minerva'. Their letters reveal the weight of contemporary gender expectations on the couple's thinking and behaviour, and the social conventions that excluded Léon from 'respectable' circles. Susan K. Foley and Charles Sowerwine use this fascinating correspondence to provide a richer portrait than Gambetta's previous biographies, introduce the unknown figure of Léon, and produce a unique glimpse into the political and cultural world of 1870s Paris.
Long Description
Léon Gambetta is remembered for his heroic deeds during the Franco-Prussian War and as a founder of the Third Republic. His image is that of a leader of men in the male political universe of late nineteenth-century France. Historians have largely ignored his intense relationship with his lover, Léonie Léon. This relationship was both personal and epistolary, their face-to-face meetings complemented by daily letters, of which some 1100 survive. Using this unpublished correspondence, A Political Romance offers a new perspective on Gambetta, focusing on his ten-year relationship with Léon. Their partnership was political as well as passionate. Gambetta sought counsel from his 'wise Minerva' and building the Republic became their joint project. The letters also reveal the weight of contemporary gender expectations on the couple's thinking and behaviour and the social conventions that excluded Léon from 'respectable' circles. Foley and Sowerwine use this fascinating correspondence to provide a richer portrait than Gambetta's previous biographers, introducing the unknown figure of Léon and producing a unique glimpse into the political and cultural world of 1870s Paris.
Main Description
Leon Gambetta is renowned as a founder of the French Third Republic. This unique study of his correspondence with his lover, Leonie Leon, provides a fascinating insight into their intimate and political partnership. It brings to life Gambetta as lover and politician, the unknown figure of Leon, and the political and cultural world of 1870s Paris.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Preface
Introduction: "What Admirable Pages!"
Years Of Hope, 1872-1877
"The Unforgettable Day of 27 April"
"I want you to devote yourself to the Republic"
"Thank you for being my strength, my hope"
"I am smiling at your triumph, at our love"
A Bourgeois Couple In The Third Republic
"We'll go and laugh at the Palais Royal"
"We will proudly put our heads together in books"
"This religion satisfies my soul"
Years Of Frustration, 1877-1882
"What glory, to have created a new France"
"Triumphant, and full of regrets"
"Poor France, Poor Republic, I had other dreams"
"People are Weeping for the Patriot, the Orator"
Epilogue: "The letters remain"
Notes
Index
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