In 1814 a republic was not considered; in 1871 nothing else was seriously contemplated. What did this signify? This volume has addressed the question by attempting to define the norms and assumptions of republicans, how the historic experience has been presented since 1814, the conflicting traditions created by the revolutionary years, the emergence and development of radical attitudes during the Constitutional Monarchy, the input of socialist thinking, the ‘apprenticeship’ of 1848–52, the growth of confidence in parliamentary institutions in the 1860s which brought together the formerly warring heirs of the 1789 tradition, the significance of the Commune and the establishment of a stable republican regime in the 1870s.
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