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Amateur Musical Societies and Sports Clubs in Provincial France, 1848-1914

Harmony and Hostility



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Amateur Musical Societies and Sports Clubs in Provincial France, 1848-1914 by Alan R.H. Baker
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This book explores leisure-related voluntary associations in France during the nineteenth century as practical expressions of the Revolutionary concept of fraternite. Using a mass of unpublished sources in provincial and national archives, it analyses the history, geography and cultural significance of amateur musical societies and sports clubs in eleven departements of France between 1848 and 1914. It demonstrates that, although these voluntary associations drew upon and extended the traditional concept of cooperation and community, and the Revolutionary concept of fraternity, they also incorporated the fundamental characteristics of competition and conflict. Although intended to produce social harmony, in practice they reflected the ideological hostilities and cultural tensions that permeated French society in the nineteenth century.

Author Biography

Alan Baker is a Life Fellow of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, UK.
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August 5th, 2017
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1st ed. 2017
15 Tables, color; 11 Illustrations, color; 4 Illustrations, black and white; XI, 350 p. 15 illus., 11 illus. in color.
Springer International Publishing AG
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