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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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The Moral Order: The Battle over Civil Funerals 1871–1877

The Moral Order: The Battle over Civil Funerals 1871–1877

(p.110) 4 The Moral Order: The Battle over Civil Funerals 1871–1877
Funerals, Politics, and Memory in Modern France, 1789–1996

Avner Ben-Amos

Oxford University Press

The eight state funerals decreed between the fall of the Second Empire and the demise of the Moral Order fall into three categories: those decreed by the National Defence government for generals who had died in the 1870 war; those given for the victims of the Commune; and others given, as in the time of the Second Empire, for government ministers who died while in office and for a high-ranking army officer. All the ceremonies were religious, and three of them took place in the Invalides. When it came to commemorating those who died at the hands of the Communards, special efforts were made to organize grand funerary ceremonies. This chapter focuses on the state funerals of the Moral Order in France during the period 1871–1877, the tradition of civil funerals, civil funerals in the city of Lyons, civil funerals in the French army, and civil funerals of eminent republicans.

Keywords:   France, Moral Order, state funerals, civil funerals, Commune, generals, government ministers, Invalides, French army, republicans

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