An extensive and authoritative study that examines the economic, social and political crises of France during the revolution of 1848. Using analysis of original sources and recent research, Fortescue here offers new interpretations of events leading up to and after the second republic was declared.
Looking at Louis Philippe's overthrow, the proclamation of manhood suffrage and the unexpected success of the right-wing in the subsequent elections, this book evaluates the political history of France in 1848 and the French political culture of the time.
This should be read by all students of nineteenth century history, political scientists and all those with an interest in the historical development of French political culture.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Introduction 1. The French Revolutionary Tradition from 1789 to the July Monarchy 2. The Economic, Social and Political Crises 3. The February Revolution and the Provisional Government 4. The Executive Commission and the June Days 5. Cavaignac and Louis Napoleon Bonaparte Conclusion Bibliography Index
William Fortescue is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He is the author of The Third Republic in France.