Les Dix décisives. 1869-1879
Pierre ALLORANT, Walter BADIER and Jean GARRIGUES (dir.)
“The Belle Époque”, “les Trente Glorieuses” (“the Glorious Thirty”), “the Years of Lead”, such period names have been used by historians as “imaginary time dividers”. Can we call the 1869-1879 decade the “Decisive Ten” to underline the continuity of liberal influence?
One hundred and fifty years after the collapse of the Second Empire, the crushing of the Paris Commune and the slow and uncertain conquest of the Republic by the Republicans, the decade 1869-1879 deserves to be revisited. The time has come to offer a new synthesis, extended by a memorial thought on the motivations of the establishment of "the longest of the Republics".
What is the most decisive moment? Probably the one during which things are decided, when the actors leave the provisional world and seize the opportunity of the moment of decision. The “Decisive Ten” precede the long-lasting establishment of the Third Republic, finally at the hands of the Republicans: the political and intellectual alliance between moderate Republicans and Orleanist liberals served as a keystone for the lasting foundation of the Parliamentary Republic in France.
About the authors:
- Pierre Allorant, Legal and Institutional History Professor at the University of Orléans (POLEN-CEPOC), secretary-general of the Parliamentary and Political History Committee;
- Walter Badier, Contemporary History Lecturer at the University of Orléans (ERCAE) secretary-general of the Parliamentary and Political History Committee;
- Jean Garrigues, Contemporary History Professor Emeritus at the University of Orléans (POLEN-CEPOC), President of the Parliamentary and Political History Committee.