The Hypocrisy of Justice in the Belle Epoque
Publication Year: 1999
Published by: Louisiana State University Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Preface and Acknowledgments
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From June to August, 1977, I participated in a summer seminar of the National Endowment for the Humanities directed by Eugen Weber at the University of California, Los Angeles. The seminar considered the interrelationships of high culture and popular cultures in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe. ...
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France's Third Republic was born in 1870 during the lost Franco-Prussian War and was the eighth change in the governmental structure since 1789. The constitution was the shortest and most ambiguous in French history and consequently the most lasting. It was a conservative republic a republic because the monarchists were unable to decide among three pretenders; ...
Chapter 1. The Steinheil Affair: Sex, Sin, and Murder
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The Steinheil affair began on a stormy night in May, 1908, with all the trappings of a lurid detective novel: a beautiful woman gagged and bound to her bed, disguises and wigs, a watchdog mysteriously absent, the pendulum of the clock stopped, and two corpses, those of the noted painter Adolphe Steinheil and his mother-in-law, Mme Emilie Japy. ...
Chapter 2. The Humbert Affair: Fraud as a Fine Art
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In late February, 1902, the Paris press began to take note of a curious judicial process, the contest waged during twenty years for control of an inheritance estimated to be worth 100 million francs. It seemed that on his death in Nice in 1877, a certain mysterious American, Robert-Henri Crawford, had left two wills, each dated September 6 of that year. ...
Chapter 3. The Caillaux Affair: Justice as a Political Statement
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The woman sat alone in the waiting room of Le Figaro on the Rue Drouot. Slender, attractive, and well-dressed, she had arrived at 5 P.M. and asked to speak to Gaston Calmette, the editor in chief. After she was told that he was away from the office but expected back at least briefly within an hour, she sat down to wait, ...
Postscript and Conclusion
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Serge Alexandre "Sacha" Stavisky was born in 1886 to Russian Jewish parents of modest circumstances in Kiev. At the turn of the century, the family moved to Paris, where his father set himself up as a dentist in one of the poorer quarters. In 1908 at the age of twenty-two, the young Stavisky had his first brush with the law ...
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Page Count: 264
Publication Year: 1999