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1848: Year of Revolution

 
 
 
 
1848: Year of Revolution
Author: Mike Rapport
ISBN 13: 9780465020676
ISBN 10: 465020674
Edition: First Trade Paper Edition
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication Date: 2010-10-19
Format: Paperback
Pages: 496
List Price: $19.99
 
 

A stunning narrative of the year 1848, when Europe burst aflame with revolution

The Barnes & Noble Review

On February 24, 1848, in the midst of the mob violence that brought the abdication of Louis-Philippe and the birth of France's Second Republic, the famed actress Rachel appeared on the stage of Paris's Comédie-Française, dressed in a plain tunic and carrying the tricolor flag. She recited the words of the "Marseillaise," dropping to her knees and wrapping herself in the flag as she began the penultimate verse:

Sacred love of the Fatherland,
Lead and support our avenging arms.
Liberty, cherished liberty
Fight with your defenders.


Rachel was 28, at the height of her popularity, and her much-repeated performance revived the popularity of the "Marseillaise." It became a rallying cry of the continent-wide insurrections of 1848, representing the brotherhood of man that, for a few short months, liberal intellectuals thought was flowering.