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Regligion and Politics in the Saint-Napoleon Festivity 1852–70: Anti-Clericalism, Local Patriotism and Modernity

Sudhir Hazareesingh

in The English Historical Review

Volume 119, issue 482, pages 614-649
Published in print June 2004 | ISSN: 0013-8266
Published online June 2004 | e-ISSN: 1477-4534 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ehr/119.482.614
Regligion and Politics in the Saint-Napoleon Festivity 1852–70: Anti-Clericalism, Local Patriotism and Modernity

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This article explores the religious dimensions of the French national festivity of the Saint-Napoleon under the Second Empire (1852–1870). Celebrated on August 15, this official anniversary also coincided with the Catholic Feast of the Assumption. Drawing on new archival evidence, the article analyses the range and complexity of the clashes which occurred during the celebrations: between State officials and the local clergy; between elected local officials and the clergy; and between local secular and religious groups. These battles shed new light on the strengths and frailties of the Bonapartist State, especially in provincial and rural France; they also provide further evidence of the depth of popular anticlerical sentiment (especially in rural areas), and highlight the significance of the local sphere as a site for political acculturation in 19th century France.

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Subjects: British History ; World History ; European History ; International History

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