Die Hydra des Föderalismus. Zur Föderalismussemantik in Frankreich im Zeitalter der Revolutionen

Auderset, Juri (2016). Die Hydra des Föderalismus. Zur Föderalismussemantik in Frankreich im Zeitalter der Revolutionen. In: Hausteiner, Eva Marlene (ed.) Föderation jenseits des Staates. Konzepte und Traditionen. Internationale Politische Theorie: Vol. 2 (pp. 133-152). Baden-Baden: Nomos

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The concept of federalism experienced profound semantic changes during the French Revolution. In the conceptual realm of the Revolution and especially during the struggle between Jacobins and Girondins in 1792/93, federalism was stripped of its reflective and heuristic meaning and was increasingly associated with national disintegration and fragmentation, in short: federalism became a term of abuse and opprobrium and was stigmatized as an aristocratic, counter-revolutionary and anti-republican notion, captured in the allegorical image of the Hydra. This pejorative coinage of the concept during the revolutionary years had profound effects on the further history of French republican discourse up to the late 19th century. This article traces the origins and developments of this semantic tension between federalism and republicanism in French political discourse in the Age of Revolutions and pleads for more elaborate comparative and transnational investigations in the history of concepts and political languages.

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06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of History and Archaeology > Institute of History > Economic, Social and Environmental History

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Auderset, Juri


900 History
900 History > 940 History of Europe




Internationale Politische Theorie






Juri Auderset

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01 Sep 2016 10:48

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05 Dec 2022 14:58



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