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The “Counterrevolutionary” State and the Politics of <i>Oubli</i> (Forgetting)

Sheryl Kroen

in Politics and Theater

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520222144
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924383 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520222144.003.0002
The “Counterrevolutionary” State and the Politics of Oubli (Forgetting)

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This chapter looks at the two public ceremonies by which the regime defined and sought to relegitimize itself in relation to the previous twenty-five years. It notes that the first ceremony took place in public squares in every city, town, and village of France between Napoleon's fall after the Hundred Days war and the summer of 1816. It further notes that local officials enacted the symbolic mise-en-place, or putting-into-place, of the Restoration by rounding up, inventorying, and finally destroying the “unnatural” and “corrupt” emblems of the Revolution and Empire. It emphasizes that the regime also pursued its “politics of forgetting” every year, on the 21st of January and the 16th of October, in the way which it represented the most problematic events of the Revolution, the executions of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

Keywords: public ceremonies; Napoleon's fall; Hundred Days war; Restoration; Revolution; Empire; politics of forgetting; executions; Louis XVI; Marie Antoinette

Chapter.  16494 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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