For those who lived in the wake of the French Revolution, from the storming of the Bastille to Napoleon's final defeat, its aftermath left a profound wound that no subsequent king, emperor, or president could heal. "Children of the Revolution" follows the ensuing generations who repeatedly tried and failed to come up with a stable regime after the trauma of 1789. The proceFor those who lived in the wake of the French Revolution, from the storming of the Bastille to Napoleon's final defeat, its aftermath left a profound wound that no subsequent king, emperor, or president could heal. "Children of the Revolution" follows the ensuing generations who repeatedly tried and failed to come up with a stable regime after the trauma of 1789. The process encouraged fresh and often murderous oppositions between those who were for, and those who were against, the Revolution's values. Bearing the scars of their country's bloody struggle, and its legacy of deeply divided loyalties, the French lived the long nineteenth century in the shadow of the revolutionary age.Despite the ghosts raised in this epic tale, Robert Gildea has written a richly engaging and provocative book. His is a strikingly unfamiliar France, a country with an often overwhelming gap between Paris and the provinces, a country torn apart by fratricidal hatreds and a tortured history of feminism, the site of political catastrophes and artistic triumphs, and a country that managed--despite a pervasive awareness of its own fall from grace--to fix itself squarely at the heart of modernity. Indeed, Gildea reveals how the collective recognition of the great costs of the Revolution galvanized the French to achieve consensus in a new republic and to integrate the tumultuous past into their sense of national identity. It was in this spirit that France's young men went to the front in World War I with a powerful sense of national confidence and purpose....
|Title||:||Children of the Revolution: The French, 1799-1914|
|Number of Pages||:||540 Pages|
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Children of the Revolution: The French, 1799-1914 Reviews
In-depth history of the politics and culture of France in the 19th century. The author demonstrates how France had to contend with both the legacy of the Revolution (and its Enlightenment antecedent) as well as a strong conservative faction that sought to protect the power of the traditional elites and the established Church. The author presents a very nuanced picture, and while the political sections of the book were largely the same as other histories of the period, the author presented a great deal of information about French culture during this period that was quite interesting.
It would have been "great" instead of "good", had the author not bogged himself down with too many trifling (and rather dull) domestic details.
Un saggio che prende in considerazione i cambiamenti culturali e sociali avvenuti in Francia dopo 3 diverse rivoluzioni, quella del 1789, quella del 1830 e quella del 1870... su google libri è disponibile un'ampia anteprima di questo libro e nella porzione disponibile si parla anche della dott. ssa Madeleine Pelletier nata nel 1874 e quindi figlia della terza rivoluzione che aveva conosciuto la Francia in 100 anni scarsi, una delle prime donne psichiatra nella Parigi di inizio '900, in un'epoca in cui c'erano in servizio sommando tutti gli ospedali parigini solo 19 donne medico...
In this book I found Gildea wanted more to 'show off' his knowledge of French history that to give an informed account. I agree with other reviews below that he delves into small details yet seems to skim over larger events, but perhaps that's what makes this book more unique than your average history book. The chronology was also quite complicated and I feel part of the reason I enjoyed the book was because I already have an interest in the topic(s) at hand. However, I would recommend to others with an interest in and/or previous knowledge of modern French history!
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Helpful, but Gildea has an odd sense of pacing his books. He delves into details that provide some helpful insights to the broader history that he covers, but then rushes through major events leaving the reader wondering what just happened. Not bad, but there is probably better out there.
A clear and fascinating analysis of the French in the nineteenth century.