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‘From the soil we have come, to the soil we shall go and from the soil we want to live’: language, politics and identity in the Grande Révolte of 1907

Smith, AWM; Hawkey, JW; (2015) ‘From the soil we have come, to the soil we shall go and from the soil we want to live’: language, politics and identity in the Grande Révolte of 1907. Modern & Contemporary France , 23 (3) pp. 307-326. 10.1080/09639489.2015.1043983.. Green open access

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Abstract

During the summer of 1907, France experienced one of its largest social disturbances since the Revolution, as the winegrowers of the Languedoc-Roussillon led a mass protest movement that paralysed the region and challenged the state. Although the Grande Révolte evoked references to the Albigensian Crusade, and juxtaposed North and South, it never fully represented a moment of Occitan regionalist rising. The failure of the cultural organisation the Félibrige to fully engage with protesters led to a fissure between political and cultural expressions of Occitan identity that marked the movement thereafter. By combining linguistic anthropology and historical analysis, the authors are able to foreground a key aspect of national identity formation as it occurred in 1907. Considering the impact of the Grande Révolte on the identity and language of the Midi offers us an insight into the development of regionalism both within and beyond the borders of the French nation.

Type: Article
Title: ‘From the soil we have come, to the soil we shall go and from the soil we want to live’: language, politics and identity in the Grande Révolte of 1907
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/09639489.2015.1043983.
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09639489.2015.1043983
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Modern & Contemporary France on 25/06/2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09639489.2015.1043983. Access may initially be restricted by the publisher.
Keywords: France, Languedoc, Occitan, Language, Politics, Identity, History, Wine
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475818
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