Regionalism and the History of French Political Thought


in The Regionalist Movement in France 1890-1914

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780199264889
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191718380 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Historical Monographs

Regionalism and the History of French Political Thought

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This book has explored the history of regionalism and political thought in France by focusing on the intellectual biography of Jean Charles-Brun. By shifting between discussions of the idea of regionalism and Fédération Régionaliste Française, the movement led by Charles-Brun, regionalism has appeared tangible, worthy of the historian's attention. Regionalism is not merely a sub-theme in the history of Belle Époque ideas, a prop or piece of stage furniture which enlivens or adds ‘depth’ to the picture of Third Republic politics and culture. Looking at the characters that made up the movement, their praxis and aims, has shown regionalism as an active player in the arena of political discussion. It marched about the stage, establishing relationships and provoking reactions. It was a fascinating ‘personality’ in Third Republic political debates. Indeed, regionalism could claim success in having made an impact on debates about the Republic and the nature of a state under democracy as well as contemporary discussions about decentralisation.

Keywords: regionalism; Jean Charles-Brun; France; political thought; politics; democracy; culture; decentralisation

Chapter.  3228 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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