Friendship and Politics in Post-Revolutionary France by Sarah HorowitzFriendship and Politics in Post-Revolutionary France by Sarah Horowitz

Friendship and Politics in Post-Revolutionary France

bySarah Horowitz

Paperback | February 1, 2016

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In Friendship and Politics in Post-Revolutionary France, Sarah Horowitz brings together the political and cultural history of post-revolutionary France to illuminate 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, though, was regarded as one bond that could restore trust and cohesion. Friends relied on each other to serve as confidants; men and women described friendship as a site of both pleasure and connection. Because trust and cohesion were necessary to the functioning of post-revolutionary parliamentary life, politicians turned to friends and ideas about friendship to create this solidarity. Relying on detailed analyses of politicians’ social networks, new tools arising 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 she reevaluates the role of women in political life by showing the ways in which the personal was the political in the post-revolutionary era.

Sarah Horowitz is Assistant Professor of History at Washington and Lee University.
Title:Friendship and Politics in Post-Revolutionary FranceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.67 inPublished:February 1, 2016Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271061936

ISBN - 13:9780271061931

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Table of Contents


List of Figures


Introduction: Friendship in Post-Revolutionary France

1 The Sentimental Education of the Political

2 The Politics of Anomie

3 Friends with Benefits

4 Post-Revolutionary Social Networks

5 The Politics of Male Friendship

6 The Bonds of Concord: Women and Politics


Appendix A Béranger, Chateaubriand, Guizot, and Their Friends

Appendix B Detailed Social Networks in the 1820s and 1840s




Editorial Reviews

“Horowitz’s topic is the doubling of intimate and political relations under the Restoration and July monarchies: as she persuasively demonstrates, the apparent crisis of civic trust in the wake of the Revolution, and the intensity of factional division during these regimes, produced a paradoxical situation whereby the only reliable political ally was a trusted friend, yet the only friend who could truly be trusted was a political ally. Horowitz is never naive about her subject. Through careful analysis of the language of friendship as it appeared in elite correspondence, Horowitz demonstrates how professions of friendship served to structure professional and political relationships, acting as markers of trust, indebtedness, and good will; but also how they risked degenerating into mere pro forma gestures, easily and endlessly imitated, by means of which the purity of the affective realm might be compromised by the grubby faithlessness of politics.”—Andrew J. Counter, French Studies