The Beginning of the Third Republic in France: A History of the National Assembly, February-September 1871

The Beginning of the Third Republic in France: A History of the National Assembly, February-September 1871

The Beginning of the Third Republic in France: A History of the National Assembly, February-September 1871

The Beginning of the Third Republic in France: A History of the National Assembly, February-September 1871

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This book is a study of a parliamentary Assembly, and not a history of France. This accounts for the rather tenuous treatment of such subjects as the Peace and the Commune. The Commune, especially, is described as seen from Versailles.

The material, that lies before the student, is of two kinds -- on the one hand, the evidence of the journalist, all the daily potpourri of rumours and reports, that surrounds and besets the life of a great Assembly, the gossip of the lobbies, the "sketches" of the Press Gallery, "The Week in Parliament", the "Toby M. P." of the time, the anecdotes of leading personalities, the cream skimmed off reports of debates and interviews: on the other hand, we have the memoirs of deputies themselves, some of them comments written down in the heat of the moment, some expressing the calmer judgment of men, who try to look back on their experiences as already belonging to History. With the help of these (to which, of course, must be added the later books on the history and biography of the period), I have tried to avoid what is ephemeral in contemporary gossip, and also what is pedantic in remoter verdicts, to form a picture of the National Assembly, as it lived and moved. Special attention is paid to the formation and growth of groups and parties.

Part I takes the story to the end of the Commune: on . . .

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