While scholars of French history tend to divide nineteenth century French intellectuals into two camps---anti-clerical leftwing Republican Revolutionaries versus rightwing Catholic traditionalists, Emile Souvestre represented a middle ground, and perhaps better represented the average French person as well. Souvestre, a prolific nineteenth century Breton writer, was a devout Christian and a Republican. This thesis explores the forces of regionalism, religion, and politics on Souvestre and his writings.Catholic masses, whether traditional or liberal, deeply feared.212 This led to a focus on essentially paternalistic social initiatives among social Catholics during the Second Empire and early Third Republic.213 Ford also notes that, aFour features distinguished Christian Democracy from the paternalistic ... Less frequent, but still common threads, are issues of temperance, slavery, and historical analysis.
|Title||:||Emile Souvestre: Breton, Christian, and Republican in Nineteenth Century France|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2007|