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Ballots and Barricades : Class Formation and Republican Politics in France, 1830-1871 - Ronald J. Aminzade

Ballots and Barricades

Class Formation and Republican Politics in France, 1830-1871

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Using class analysis to understand the dynamics of political conflict in mid-nineteenth-century France, Ronald Aminzade explores political activity among workers in three industrialized French cities--Toulouse, Saint-etienne, and Rouen. A comparative case-study design enables the author to analyze how the complex interaction between industrialization, class relations, and party development fostered revolutionary communes in some cities but not others. Challenging traditional theories of industrialization and revolution, Aminzade innovatively uses narratives to provide a historically grounded analysis of the failed municipal revolutions of 1871 and the triumph of liberal-democratic institutions in France.


In each of these cities, distinctive patterns of capitalist industrialization and class restructuring intersected with shifting political opportunities at the national level to produce local republican parties with different ideologies, strategies, and alliances. Focusing on changing relations between republican parties and male workers, whose identities and economic standing were in transition, Aminzade examines struggles within local parties among liberal, radical, and socialist republicans. The outcome of these struggles, he argues, shaped the willingness of workers to embrace the ballot box or take to the barricades.

Winner of the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award of the Political Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 1994 "This is a work of considerable insight and a major contribution to the understanding of France in the 19th century."--Choice

List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Maps and Tablesp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Political Change, Early Industrialization, and French Republicanism
The Political Consequences of Early Industrializationp. 3
Mid-Nineteenth-Century French Republicanism: Organization, Ideology, and Opportunitiesp. 28
A Tale of Three Cities: Toulouse, Saint-Etienne, and Rouen
Patterns of Industrialization and Class Formationp. 63
Toulouse: From Liberal Republicanism to an Alliance of Radicals and Socialistsp. 105
Saint-Etienne: The Transformation and Triumph of Radical Republicanismp. 139
Rouen: The Transformation of Radicalism and Triumph of Liberalismp. 174
Failed Revolutions: The Communes of 1870-1871p. 209
Conclusion: Political Change, Class Analysis, and Republicanismp. 252
Abbreviations Used in the Notes and Bibliographyp. 266
Notesp. 267
Bibliographyp. 301
Indexp. 317
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ISBN: 9780691028712
ISBN-10: 0691028710
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st August 1993
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 15.88 x 24.13  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5