A Political Romance: Léon Gambetta, Léonie Léon and the Making of the French Republic, 1872-82

Hardcover | March 20, 2012

byS. Foley, C. Sowerwine

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Léon Gambetta is renowned as a founder of the French Third Republic. This unique study of his correspondence with his lover, Léonie Léon, provides a fascinating insight into their intimate and political partnership. It brings to life Gambetta as lover and politician, the unknown figure of Léon, and the political and cultural world of 1870s Paris.

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Léon Gambetta is renowned as a founder of the French Third Republic. This unique study of his correspondence with his lover, Léonie Léon, provides a fascinating insight into their intimate and political partnership. It brings to life Gambetta as lover and politician, the unknown figure of Léon, and the political and cultural world of ...

SUSAN K. FOLEY is principal fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her publications include Women in France since 1789: the Meanings of Difference, and Flora Tristan: Life Stories. CHARLES SOWERWINE is emeritus professor of History at the University of Melbourne,Austr...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.04 inPublished:March 20, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230206867

ISBN - 13:9780230206861

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List of IllustrationsList of MapsPrefaceIntroduction: "What Admirable Pages!"PART I: YEARS OF HOPE, 1872-1877"The Unforgettable Day of 27 April""I want you to devote yourself to the Republic""Thank you for being my strength, my hope""I am smiling at your triumph, at our love"PART II: A BOURGEOIS COUPLE IN THE THIRD REPUBLIC"We'll go and laugh at the Palais Royal""We will proudly put our heads together in books""This religion satisfies my soul"PART III: YEARS OF FRUSTRATION, 1877-1882"What glory, to have created a new France""Triumphant, and full of regrets""Poor France, Poor Republic, I had other dreams" "People are Weeping for the Patriot, the Orator"Epilogue: "The letters remain"NotesIndex