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In France, both political culture and theatrical performances have drawn upon melodrama. This "melodramatic thread" helped weave the country's political life as it moved from monarchy to democracy. By examining the relationship between public ceremonies and theatrical performance, James R. Lehning sheds light on democratization in modern France. He explores the extent to which the dramatic forms were present in the public performance of political power. By concentrating on the Republic and the Revolution and on theatrical performance, Lehning affirms the importance of examining the performative aspects of French political culture for understanding the political differences that have marked France in the years since 1789.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253219107
ISBN-10: 0253219108
Format: Paperback
(5969mm x 3963mm x 13mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 9-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - James R. Lehning

James R. Lehning is Professor of History at The University of Utah and author of To Be a Citizen: The Political Culture of the Early French Third Republic and Peasant and French: Cultural Contact in Rural France during the Nineteenth Century.

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