Lecture 3 - Centralized State and Republic

author: John Merriman, Department of History, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: March 18, 2011,   recorded: September 2007,   views: 2358
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Despite various attempts at reform, France remains the most centralized state in Europe. The organization of the country around the Parisian center was originally a consequence of the French Revolution, which gave birth to the departmental regions. These regions have retained an oppositional relationship towards the metropolitan center. In 1875, an enduring republic was formed despite the competing claims of the Comte de Chambord and the Orleanists. This republic owed its founding largely to support from workers and peasants in the various non-Parisian departments.

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Sowerwine, Charles. France since 1870: Culture, Politics and Society, pp. 27-54.

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