The Regionalist Movement in France 1890-1914: Jean Charles-Brun and French Political Thought

Hardcover | October 15, 2003

byJulian Wright

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This is the first full academic study of the political thought of the French regionalist movement in the Belle Epoque. Julian Wright has examined the private papers of Jean Charles-Brun, founder of the Federation Regionaliste Francaise, in detail. He has rethought the conceptual basis ofregionalism through Charles-Brun's intellectual biography, showing that it penetrated the political debates of the period as a commonplace in Republican arguments about state reform. Despite the often made association of regionalism with the right, Dr Wright reveals the diversity of political viewsexpressed, and demonstrates that the connection to left-wing federalism ws emphatically present in the intellectual background.Interwoven with this discussion is an examination of the personal mission of Charles-Brun. He saw himself as a reconciler, using his regionalism within a mission to heal the divisions of French politics and society. He argued that France's instability stemmed from an obsession with reforms thatfollowed a priori political models, and that politicians who sought to rethink the shape of the Republic needed to attend to the cultural or economic realities expressed in France's regions. Charles-Brun and his regionalist movement continue to have resonance in current debates aboutdecentralization in France.

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This is the first full academic study of the political thought of the French regionalist movement in the Belle Epoque. Julian Wright has examined the private papers of Jean Charles-Brun, founder of the Federation Regionaliste Francaise, in detail. He has rethought the conceptual basis ofregionalism through Charles-Brun's intellectual...

Julian Wright is a Junior Research Fellow, Christ Church, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.8 inPublished:October 15, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction1. The Occultation of Regionalism in French History2. Characteristics of Belle Epoque RegionalismII. The Idea of Regionalism: Regionalists and Federalists3. Charles-Brun and the Felibrige: Mistral or Louis-Xavier de Ricard?4. Charles-Brun's Sources: Maurras or Proudhon?III. Regionalism in Action5. Jeunesse or Sagesse? Charles-Brun and the Rejuvenation of the City6. The Praxis of Regionalism: Context and Application7. The Development of the FRFIV. The Impulse for Reconciliation8. Art and Catholicism9. Social and Political ReconciliationConclusionAppendixesBibliographyIndex

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`Wright displays the breadth of [Charles-]Brun's interests and sympathies, and of the sympathies that he himself attracted... Charles-Brun marched on... awaiting the splendid dissertation Wright has dedicated to him... Charles-Brun would have been good company at dinner; and Wright makes hisintellectual biography a good read.'' English Historical Studies