“Practicing” Politics in an Age of Counterrevolution

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:
“Practicing” Politics in an Age of Counterrevolution

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This chapter focuses on the “unofficial politics” of the Restoration, and provides an overview of the repertoire of practices by which the men and women of France supported, subtly undermined, and overly opposed the church and state during the Bourbon Restoration. It considers the importance of national political holidays (such as the king's day), traditional celebrations (such as carnival), or local events (local patron saint day) in determining the timing of popular protest, establishing the calendar which governed popular protest. It maps the geography of local protest during the Restoration, looking at where these political activities were practiced. It focuses on “how” the people expressed themselves: looking at written, oral, iconographic, and gestural forms, it provides a rich analysis of the placards, songs, seditious cries, pamphlets, and broadsheets by which a public sphere was constituted during the Restoration. It ends with a brief analysis of who tended to participate in this unofficial political realm.

Keywords: unofficial politics; France; Bourbon Restoration; popular protest

Chapter.  16674 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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