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a case study in history & democracy
The
Accidental Republic
by David H. Montgomery
dhmontgomery.com
@dhmontgomery
1/10/2017
How does democracy emerge?
The people are revolting
 France’s governments,
1771-1871
o Absolute monarchy
o Constitutional monarchy
o Republic
o Repu...
Long live the king?
Long live the kings?
Légitimist and Orléanist
Henri, Count of Chambord
Légitimist (Bourbon) claimant
Philippe, Count of Paris
Orléanist claimant
Fusion or fission
All that for a napkin
Things fall apart
Meanwhile on the left
Learning from the past
Adolphe Thiers Léon Gambetta
Dénouement
Lessons
 Compromise
 Process vs. policy
 Custom
 Divisions change but endure
To learn more
 In essay form: dhmontgomery.com/2015/03/the-
accidental-republic
 Books:
 Frederick Brown, For the Soul ...
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The Accidental Republic

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A presentation for the Twin Cities "Let's Nerd Out" event on Jan. 10, 2017, about how democracy emerged in 1870s France despite the odds being stacked against it.

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The Accidental Republic

  1. 1. a case study in history & democracy The Accidental Republic by David H. Montgomery dhmontgomery.com @dhmontgomery 1/10/2017
  2. 2. How does democracy emerge?
  3. 3. The people are revolting  France’s governments, 1771-1871 o Absolute monarchy o Constitutional monarchy o Republic o Republican dictatorship o Empire o Conservative monarchy o Empire o Conservative monarchy o Liberal monarchy o Republic o Empire
  4. 4. Long live the king?
  5. 5. Long live the kings?
  6. 6. Légitimist and Orléanist Henri, Count of Chambord Légitimist (Bourbon) claimant Philippe, Count of Paris Orléanist claimant
  7. 7. Fusion or fission
  8. 8. All that for a napkin
  9. 9. Things fall apart
  10. 10. Meanwhile on the left
  11. 11. Learning from the past Adolphe Thiers Léon Gambetta
  12. 12. Dénouement
  13. 13. Lessons  Compromise  Process vs. policy  Custom  Divisions change but endure
  14. 14. To learn more  In essay form: dhmontgomery.com/2015/03/the- accidental-republic  Books:  Frederick Brown, For the Soul of France: Culture Wars in the Age of Dreyfus (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010)  René Rémond, The Right Wing in France: From 1815 to De Gaulle, trans. James M. Laux (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1969)  Mike Rapport, 1848: Year of Revolution (New York: Basic Books, 2009)  Graphs made with R & ggplot using Wikipedia data

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