This section lays out the historiographical consequences of recasting the Restoration through the prism of Tartuffe. It presents an interpretation of the Revolution of 1830 which comes directs out of its research on the Restoration and indicates lines of inquiry which could be profitably applied to later periods. It completes the argument developed in Chapter 3, namely that the “counterrevolutionary” Restoration regime, although quite sympathetic to the state religion, ironically developed mechanisms for policing and controlling the church which consolidated the secular legacy of the Revolution. It looks at the overtly anticlerical July Monarchy's response to the widespread violence against mission crosses between 1831 and 1834. It concludes with a discussion of the usefulness of thinking about the emergence of democracy in relationship to theater.
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