In Friendship and Politics in Post-Revolutionary France, Horowitz brings together the political and cultural history of post-revolutionary France to show how French society responded to and recovered from the upheaval of the French Revolution. The Revolution led to a heightened sense of distrust and divided the nation along ideological lines. In the wake of the Terror, many began to express concerns about the atomization of French society. Friendship was regarded as one bond that could restore trust and cohesion. Because trust and cohesion were necessary to post-revolutionary parliamentary life, politicians turned to friends and ideas about friendship to create solidarity. Relying on detailed analyses of politicians' social networks, new tools from the digital humanities, and examinations of behind-the-scenes political transactions, Horowitz makes clear the connection between politics and emotions in the early nineteenth century, and reevaluates the role of women in political life.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-210) and index.
Introduction : friendship in post-revolutionary France -- The sentimental education of the political -- The politics of anomie -- Friends with benefits -- Post-revolutionary social networks -- The politics of male friendship -- The bonds of concord : women and politics -- Epilogue -- Appendix A : Béranger, Chateaubriand, Guizot, and their friends -- Appendix B : detailed social networks in the 1820s and 1840s.
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