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Lecture 3 - Centralized State and Republic

Lecture 3 - Centralized State and Republic

This video was recorded at HIST 276 - France Since 1871. Despite various attempts at reform, France remains the most centralized state in Europe. The organization of the country around the Parisian center was originally a consequence of the French Revolution, which gave birth to the departmental regions. These regions have retained an oppositional relationship towards the metropolitan center. In 1875, an enduring republic was formed despite the competing claims of the Comte de Chambord and the Orleanists. This republic owed its founding largely to support from workers and peasants in the various non-Parisian departments. Reading assignment: Sowerwine, Charles. France since 1870: Culture, Politics and Society, pp. 27-54.

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