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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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Republican State Funerals in a Comparative Perspective

Republican State Funerals in a Comparative Perspective

(p.380) Conclusion: Republican State Funerals in a Comparative Perspective
Funerals, Politics, and Memory in Modern France, 1789–1996

Avner Ben-Amos

Oxford University Press

Beyond the different shades and variations, the civic festivals of the Third Republic retained the same pedagogical vocation and the same commitment to a combination of republican and patriotic values. The same was true of the state funerals of the Third Republic. The categories of the great men chosen for this honour, the reasons given for these choices, and the form of the celebration — all these characteristics remained constant throughout the regime. A republican state funeral had many different manifestations, and was performed under various regimes, in diverse periods. Each of the performances was unique, and each regime created its own type of funeral, but they all shared some basic features that made them resemble each other. This chapter looks at state funerals in four republican regimes: Athens in the fifth century BC, Rome in the second century BC, Florence in the fifteenth century, and the United States in the nineteenth century. The goal is to highlight the similarities of such funerals and demonstrate their viability in contexts other than modern France.

Keywords:   France, state funerals, Third Republic, Athens, Rome, Florence, United States, republican regimes

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