Why the Second French Republic Perished

  • Marius S. OstrowskiEmail author


The French Revolution of 1848 played out in the form of a series of reactions after a sudden upsurge, and its history is the history of continued bitter disappointments after a great rush of joy. The contradiction between the highly-strung expectations which the February Revolution awakened and the seemingly meagre positive results it left behind, between the brilliant victory, won after three days of brave struggle at the barricades, and the infamous defeat that unfolded gradually over three years, gives the history of the Second French Republic a tragicomic character. After all, there was also no shortage of mockery about it. Born in intoxicated ecstasy, dead of chronic crapulence, that is, seen outwardly, the course of its life.

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  1. 1.All Souls CollegeUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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