La République en quête de citoyens
Les républicains face au bonapartisme rural (1848-1880)
The Republic Courting Citizens
French Republicans Encountering Rural Bonapartism (1848-1880)
KEYWORDS: RURAL VOTE - EMPIRE - DEMOCRACY - REPUBLIC
Relations were from the beginning difficult between the French republicans and rural populations, who were little inclined to adopt the role that had been written for them.
The book shows that the republicans thus determined their electoral strategies in terms that eerily mirror the ways that the French republican model poses difficulties today. The issue thus leans on the rural electorate, an immense majority, which the passage of universal male suffrage in 1848 made master of France's political destiny and which has, ever since, constantly reinforced its position against the republican project at the ballot box, sustaining controversies in which the Republic is still involved today.
It is this long process, often rife with conflict, of reformation and reinvention of the Republic that is analyzed here in this landmark work.