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Tensions and Trajectories: The Constituents of French Exceptionalism

Jack Hayward

in Fragmented France

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780199216314
Published online May 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191712265 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216314.003.0004
 Tensions and Trajectories: The Constituents of French Exceptionalism

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Rival French conceptions of political representation with electable citizens limited to property owners, were implemented in a context of political destabilization and class conflicts. Roman Catholicism and Gallic secularism engaged in hostilities and the Left/Right dichotomy became established. Administrative centralization was embodied in the Prefect, while national assimilation was forcefully pressed. Attempts at alliance with Britain took the fitful form of the Entente Cordiale.

Keywords: representation; election; centralization; Prefect; assimilation; Entent Cordiale

Chapter.  13909 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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