Saint-Simonians in Nineteenth-Century France: From Free Love to Algeria

Hardcover | January 30, 2014

byPamela M. Pilbeam

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The Saint-Simonians were a group of young engineers and doctors who proposed original solutions to the social and banking crises of the early nineteenth century. They were unique in the 1820s in attracting women, including workers, into their movement, and attempting to change the world through love, including the sexual 'liberation' of women. Some metamorphosed from idealistic reformers to create the first socialist groups in France, while others spearheaded bank reform, railway building and urban transformation in the 1850s. They took the lead in the colonisation of Algeria, in popular journalism, business, and in organising international exhibitions. They planned the most notable engineering project of the time, the Suez Canal, and a project that took over a century more to be completed, the Channel tunnel. Through an examination of the lives, ideals and activities of these men and women, Pilbeam analyses the influence of the Saint-Simonians on nineteenth-century French society.

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The Saint-Simonians were a group of young engineers and doctors who proposed original solutions to the social and banking crises of the early nineteenth century. They were unique in the 1820s in attracting women, including workers, into their movement, and attempting to change the world through love, including the sexual 'liberation' o...

Pamela Pilbeam is Professor Emeritus of French History, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, and Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow, 2007-2009. She has published extensively on nineteenth-century European history, including Madame Tussaud and the History of Waxworks (2006, 2nd edition), and French Socialists before Marx: Workers, Women a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.4 × 5.6 × 0.9 inPublished:January 30, 2014Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780230574731

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. A New Generation Planning for a Golden Age
2. Religion and the Liberation of the Poorest Classes
3. The Cost of Free Love
4. Reconfiguring New Worlds
5. Transnational Reformers
6. Egypt Orientalism and Modernisation
7. Algeria 1830-48: Conquest and Exploration
8. Prolétaires into Propriétaires: The Promised Land, 1848
9. Urbain and the Arab Empire
10. Conclusion: Remembering the Saint-Simonians
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