To be honest I came to the subject by seeing a documentary about George Sand; but got intrigued by the Second Republic, which I always have a bit neglected as they said that it was short living and wasn't of great importance to the general history. A bit as the short life of the United States of Belgium, which lived only one year before it got crushed by the Prussians...that French Republic however has hold it if I have understood it right for some four years...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Second_Republic
I put the French wiki in addition for those who understand French because the English wiki is a bit short and not in depth. I use for my research also the French one, to better understand the circumstances.https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deuxi%C3%A8me_R%C3%A9publique_(France)
One of the important persons in that republic was a writer Alphonse de Lamartine. He read even the declaration of the Republic in front of the population, he became minister of foreign affairs and was also éminence grise to the president, but when he later tried to get elected he had not enough population support especially against the populist Napoléon, the later Napoléon III after his coup d'état, becuase he was too much for peace and négociations...Even a Duke of Wellington commented from Britain that the French needed a hard hand as from a Napoléon...
As I commented above about the French language wiki, here I give the two too for the same reasons. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphonse_de_Lamartinehttps://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alphonse_de_Lamartine
As I understand it the republic failed because of the tensions between the several factions but essentially because of the claims of the Socialists, where there were also utopian Socialists as with the abolition of the right of property...but in other matters they were precursors as for the universal voting rights and especially by George Sand: the feminism?
About George Sand and her social(ist) engagement, which was in my opinion a bit "complex" to say the best...after Napoléon III became a quasi dictator, she pleaded for several condamned by the new regime for the softening of their punishments. But on the other side she supported the crushing of the movement of the Commune of Paris in 1870...An evolution of political thoughts...?https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Sandhttps://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Sand
In another message I will ask the contributors, what their opinion is about the precursors of the Socialists in Britain and Socialism in general in that time in Britain. Also if George Sand wasn't the first suffragette even before the British ones?
Also about the promises incorporated in the Second Republic, which were sadly brought down again by Napoléon III...business as usual in the great traditions of the European nationalisms of that time...
Is it an impression of me that France was always a laboratory for new tendencies...? Or was it indeed Britain?
Kind regards, Paul.