REVIEWS 441 is to be commended, is important for scholars of the Napoleonic era, in its military as well as literary aspects. DANIEL ROSENBERG doi:10.1093/fs/kny112 HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM Comment sortir de l’Empire? Le Groupe de Coppet face a` la chute de Napol´o e n. Sous la direction de LEONARD BURNAND et GUILLAUME POISSON. (Travaux et recherches de l’Institut Benjamin Constant, 16.) Gene`ve: Slatkine, 2016. 350 pp., ill. This is an edited volume of papers from a conference in 2014, looking at how Germaine de Stae¨l, Benjamin Constant, and Jean-Charles-Le´onard-Simonde de Sismondi reacted to events in 1814 and 1815, an intensely unstable period in France. The articles cover the ways in which the three political theoreticians reﬂected on the reshaping of Europe after Napoleon’s ﬁrst and second abdications. The volume opens with Emmanuel de Waresquiel’s magisterial overview of 1814 as a turning point, with a particular focus on how the period offered ‘l’apprentissage des pratiques du politique et de la politique’ (p. 31). The twin themes of politics and liberty underpin the remaining essays in the volume, made up of ﬁve articles on Stae¨l, three on Constant, and four on Sismondi. Robert Morrissey re-examines Stae¨l and Napoleon’s concept of ‘gloire’, and Florence Lotterie takes the concept of ‘virtu’ as her starting point for a study of the relationship between ‘affect et politique’ (p. 80), in two wide-ranging conceptual essays. Stae¨l’s concept of celebrity and her comparison of a French centralized culture of celebrity and Germany’s decentralized version are tackled by Marie-Eve Beausoleil. Two articles then look at the Conside´rations sur la Re´volution franc¸aise:Ge´rard Gengembre and Jean Goldzink focus on the sections of the Conside´rations devoted to ‘cette anne´e 1814 ou`se joue l’avenir des acquis de la Re´volution et celui de la nation’ (p. 83); Laura Broccado demonstrates how Stae¨l’s father, Jacques Necker, is the overarching structuring device in the Conside´rations. The three Constant papers complement each other well. Giovanni Paoletti uses the Re´ﬂexions sur les constitutions et les garanties to reﬂect on Constant’s concept of liberty and his belief that France as a country was ﬁlled with fear that could only be controlled by politics. The acte additionnel, known also, of course, as ‘la benjamine’, is the topic of Jose´e Bloquet’s article, while Paul Rowe traces the human side of the end of the Empire by looking at Constant’s domestic correspondence to underline the extent to which ‘il est impossible de se´parer les crises ﬁnancie`res, politiques et sentimentales de Constant a` la chute de l’Empire’ (p. 178). Francesca Soﬁa and Maria Pia Casalena also look at correspondence, using Sismondi’s letters from his arrival in Paris in 1813 until 1817 to explore how he served as a link between the North and the Midi. Luca Mannori focuses on Sismondi’s reﬂections on political legitimacy, while Adrian Lyttelton compares Constant and Sismondi’s views of the British political system, concluding that their engagement with it helps each of them distinguish the particular from the universal in their subsequent writings on politics. The ﬁnal essay extends the chronology of the vol- ume to 1818: Nicolas Eyguesier looks at the role of British writing in the genesis of Sismondi’s Nouveaux Principes d’´economie politique. There is much good material in the vol- ume that will allow readers to make fruitful links between the three writers at its heart. KATHERINE ASTBURY doi:10.1093/fs/kny080 UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/fs/article-abstract/72/3/441/4995855 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 31 July 2018
French Studies – Oxford University Press
Published: Jul 1, 2018
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