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Two years that changed France
Alistair Cole

motivated by a desire for ‘out with the old’ without being totally convinced about what ought to replace the ‘old’ politics. The period of observation lay in and around the 2017 French presidential and parliamentary elections. This introduction now sets the scene by discussing various challenges facing the institutions and party systems on the eve of France's 2017 presidential election. A challenged institutional order The French presidency is sometimes presented as a timeless institution, a successful office that has restored stability (after the

in Emmanuel Macron and the two years that changed France
Martin Thomas

, once again the notion of colonies rallying to save the mother country resurfaced as a potent, if unreliable, symbol of imperial loyalty. 6 In spite of the advances in military technology in the inter-war period, on the eve of the Second World War, French defence planners still viewed the empire in terms reminiscent of the earlier conflict. Although both French civil and military

in The French empire at war 1940–45
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The double and the single woman
Catherine Spooner

the act of looking, of ‘contemplating a face minutely’, that gives access to this identity. By ‘looking at a person attentively’ Gil-Martin is able to replicate himself in their image. Identity is therefore apparently constituted out of surface signs. This is consonant with the Eve Sedgwick’s theorisation of Gothic in The Coherence of Gothic Conventions as constructed purely out of surface

in Fashioning Gothic bodies
Slavery, villeinage, and the making of whiteness in the Somerset case (1772)
Dana Y. Rabin

entanglements of empire at home and the mess of legal and cultural inconsistencies both at home and in the colonies. We will begin with a brief look at the cultural, physical, and legal entanglements of Britain and its colonial holdings on the eve of the Somerset case. Because these entanglements revealed the contradictions inherent in a legal system that condoned slavery and proclaimed everyone equal before the

in Britain and its internal others, 1750–1800
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Marco Barducci

the promotion of liberty of conscience). When Ascham engaged in the writing of the Discourse , on the eve of the Second Civil War, a final agreement between Charles I and Parliament still seemed distant. 14 The country was troubled by a political uncertainty provoked both by Charles I’s personal unfitness to rule and by the lack of a settlement with the army and the Commons, which would resolve the

in Order and conflict
James Naus

of kings’. 5 In the late eleventh century, on the eve of the First Crusade, the sacred foundation on which French kingship depended only tenuously survived the increasing challenges from lower-ranking nobles. This is a crucial point, because up to the period of the First Crusade, castellans and other low-ranking nobles had not had the ability to challenge the sacral status of the French kings, or, more to the point, were not able to claim such a prominence for themselves. They were able to enjoy the ability to exercise real power, particularly as the knightly

in Constructing kingship
Spanishness, dark comedy and horror
Juan F. Egea

. The second part of this chapter will read closely the character and crimes of this assistant bullfighter to elucidate how his displaced usage of the puntilla adds blood, irony and darkness to the representational anxieties of Spain on the eve of the twenty-first century. Questions of genre Justino is a Spanish dark comedy. This filmic genre does not need to be understood as

in Contemporary Spanish cinema and genre
S. Karly Kehoe

themselves to teaching. This chapter shows how women religious took female elementary education and catholicity in Scotland to a new level, and it is divided into two. It considers the role that women religious played in the development of Catholic education and examines how this was interlinked with the state’s ambition to reduce working-class radicalism and with Scotland’s emerging national identity. The first section outlines educational provision at mid-century and compares it to what existed on the eve of the Education (Scotland) Act of 1872. The second section

in Creating a Scottish Church
Wilde’s Art
Andrew Smith

between gender and sexual orientation. It is within the epistemological space provided by the sexologists that Wildes writings avant la lettre operate. 11 The debate about homosexuality during the period is usefully contextualised by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s critique in her Epistemology of the Closet (1991). In her reading of Nietzsche she raises the question of gender, one which radically

in Victorian demons
Morality, mortality and masculinity in Sabbath’s Theater
David Brauner

published on the eve of the publication of Portnoy’s Complaint, Albert Goldman traced the origins of the novel to the childhood larks of Roth and his peers. On their way to Hebrew School, writes Goldman, ‘those highly regimented Jewish kids could . . . afford to be bad. Being bad and being funny were much the same thing in Roth’s mind’ (Goldman 1969: 62). Many years later Alan Cooper reflected that ‘Roth wants to explore what it is like to want to be bad – that is, acquisitive and carnal – when one is essentially good – that is, restrained by moral upbringing and cultural

in Philip Roth