Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy

Popular Legitimism and the Monarchy in France

Mass Politics without Parties, 1830–1880

Authors: Rulof, Bernard

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  • Explores the implications of popular support for French legitimism in mid-nineteenth-century France
  • Analyses popular, rather than élite, support for the monarchy, addressing a gap in previous literature
  • Argues that popular royalism was a political movement characteristic of the emergence of mass politics in this period, before the creation of political parties
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This book explores mid-nineteenth-century French legitimism and the implications of popular support for a movement that has traditionally been portrayed as an aristocratic force intent on restoring the Old Regime. This type of monarchism has often been understood as a form of elitist patronage politics or, alternatively, identified with ultramontane Catholicism. Although historians have offered a more nuanced view in the last few decades, their work, nevertheless, has predominantly focused on legitimist leaders rather than their followers and their professed feelings of loyalty to monarchy and monarch. This book’s originality therefore is twofold: firstly as an analysis of popular rather than élite monarchism; and secondly, as a study which portrays this form of royalism as a political movement characteristic of a period which saw the emergence of mass politics, while parties were still non-existent. It not only discusses the social and cultural settings of (popular) monarchism, but also contributes to the history of political parties, citizenship and democracy.

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Bernard Rulof is Assistant Professor at Maastricht University, the Netherlands.

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“This is a fascinating study of the mass politics of hard-line ‘legitimism’, the uncompromising wing of royalism in post-revolutionary southern France. Instead of another study of its aristocratic and religious leaders, Rulof instead probes why there was mass support for this royalism, particularly in Languedoc. Why would working people fervently, even violently, support a movement which was at odds with the alternative promises of secular, republican progress? This was a type of popular politics which was of genuine importance for a long period of European history. We are still living with its offshoots.” (Peter McPhee, University of Melbourne, Australia)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Popular Legitimism and the Monarchy in France
Book Subtitle
Mass Politics without Parties, 1830–1880
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Modern Monarchy
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-52758-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-52758-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-52757-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 350
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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