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Politics and TheaterThe Crisis of Legitimacy in Restoration France, 1815-1830$
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Sheryl Kroen

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520222144

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520222144.001.0001

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“Practicing” Politics in an Age of Counterrevolution

“Practicing” Politics in an Age of Counterrevolution

(p.161) Chapter Four “Practicing” Politics in an Age of Counterrevolution
Politics and Theater

Sheryl Kroen

University of California Press

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

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