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Funerals, Politics, and Memory in Modern France, 1789–1996$
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Avner Ben-Amos

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198203285

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203285.001.0001

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Epilogue: From Vichy to the Fifth Republic: Decline or Transformation?

Epilogue: From Vichy to the Fifth Republic: Decline or Transformation?

(p.353) Epilogue: From Vichy to the Fifth Republic: Decline or Transformation?
Funerals, Politics, and Memory in Modern France, 1789–1996

Avner Ben-Amos

Oxford University Press

The demise of the Third Republic could have also signaled the end of the tradition of republican state funerals. The Vichy regime tried to establish its own festive and commemorative tradition, while the values of French society during the Fourth and the Fifth Republics have manifestly undergone many changes. Third Republic state funerals were informed by an educational vision whose main components were secularism, patriotism, and republicanism; none of them have continued after 1944 to occupy the same central place as before the war. Since the republican regimes were no longer threatened by the Church, the militant anticlericalism that characterized some of the major state funerals of the Third Republic almost disappeared. This chapter examines state funerals during the Vichy Regime, the Fourth Republic, and the Fifth Republic, first under Charles de Gaulle and then Francois Mitterrand.

Keywords:   France, state funerals, Third Republic, Vichy regime, Fourth Republic, Fifth Republic, Charles de Gaulle, Francois Mitterrand, patriotism, republicanism

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