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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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Subversive and Revolutionary Funerals 1800–1870

Subversive and Revolutionary Funerals 1800–1870

(p.87) 3 Subversive and Revolutionary Funerals 1800–1870
Funerals, Politics, and Memory in Modern France, 1789–1996

Avner Ben-Amos

Oxford University Press

The end of the revolutionary decade opened a period during which the freedom of expression of the republican opposition was severely curtailed. The hostility of the authorities toward public gatherings and demonstrations became even greater, and using an ‘innocent’ public occasion as a pretext for a political meeting became common practice for the republicans. The most celebrated example of this usage was the Campaign of Banquets that led to the fall of Louis-Philippe. In contrast with either integrative or exclusive funerals, which were ceremonies of power, subversive funerals were used by the opposition and were directed against the ruling regime. The other republican funerals that took place in the nineteenth century before the advent of the Third Republic were organized by the revolutionary regimes of the Second Republic and the Paris Commune. This chapter examines the subversive and revolutionary funerals in France from 1800–1870 encompassing the Bourbon Restoration period, the Second Empire, the Second Republic, the Paris Commune, and the Revolution of 1848.

Keywords:   France, subversive funerals, revolutionary funerals, republicans, Paris Commune, Bourbon Restoration, Revolution of 1848, Second Republic, Second Empire, Campaign of Banquets

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