The Political Culture of the Sister Republics, 1794-1806

France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Italy

Edited by Joris Oddens, Mart Rutjes, and Erik Jacobs

The Political Culture of the Sister Republics, 1794-1806

Edited by Joris Oddens, Mart Rutjes, and Erik Jacobs

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

238 pages | 5 halftones | 6 x 9
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9789089646064 Published June 2015 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
In this book, leading historians of the French, Batavian, Helvetic, Cisalpine, and Neapolitan revolutions bridge the gap between the historiographies of the so-called Sister Republics and explore political culture as a set of discourses or political practices. Parliamentary practices, the comparability of "universal" political concepts, late-eighteenth-century Republicanism, the relationship between press and politics, and the interaction between the Sister Republics and France are all examined from a comparative, transnational perspective.

Timeline of the Sister Republics (1794-1806)

The political culture of the Sister Republics

            Joris Oddens and Mart Rutjes

‘The political passions of other nations’: National choices and the European order in the writings of Germaine de Staël

            Biancamaria Fontana

1. The transformation of republicanism

The transformation of republicanism in the Sister Republics

            Andrew Jainchill

‘Republic’ and ‘democracy’ in Dutch late eighteenth-century revolutionary discourse

            Wyger R. E. Velema

New wine in old wineskins: Republicanism in the Helvetic Republic

            Urte Weeber

2. Political concepts and languages

Revolutionary concepts and languages in the Sister Republics of the late 1790s

            Pasi Ihalainen

Useful citizens. Citizenship and democracy in the Batavian Republic, 1795-1801

            Mart Rutjes

From rights to citizenship to the Helvetian indigénat: Political integration of citizens under the Helvetic Republic

            Silvia Arlettaz

The battle over ‘democracy’ in Italian political thought during the revolutionary triennio, 1796-1799

            Mauro Lenci

3. The invention of democratic parliamentary practices: Parliamentary practices in the Sister Republics in the light of the French experience

            Malcolm Crook

Making the most of national time: Accountability, transparency, and term limits in the first Dutch Parliament (1796-1797)

            Joris Oddens

The invention of democratic parliamentary practices in the Helvetic Republic: Some remarks

            André Holenstein

The Neapolitan republican experiment of 1799: Legislation, balance of power, and the workings of democracy between theory and practice

            Valeria Ferrari

Press, politics, and public opinion: Censorship and press liberty in the Sister Republics: Some reflections

            Simon Burrows

1798: A turning point?: Censorship in the Batavian Republic

            Erik Jacobs

Censorship and public opinion: Press and politics in the Helvetic Republic (1798-1803)

            Andreas Würgler

Liberty of press and censorship in the first Cisalpine Republic

            Katia Visconti

5. The Sister Republics and France: Small nation, big sisters

            Pierre Serna

The national dimension in the Batavian Revolution: Political discussions, institutions, and constitutions

            Annie Jourdan

The constitutional debate in the Helvetic Republic in 1800-1801: Between French influence and national self-government

            Antoine Broussy

An unwelcome Sister Republic: Re-reading political relations between the Cisalpine Republic and the French Directory

            Antonino De Francesco


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