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La bourgeoisie catholique au Conseil d'État (1789-1914)

Abstract : Based on a prosopography of the members of the Conseil d’État between 1879 and 1914, this article attempts to present the means whereby the historian can analyse the Catholicism of the bourgeoisie in state service. The challenge is to reveal the discreet but crucial ‘faith of the lukewarm’, by using archives and testimony relating to a social group, but also to examine the traditional categories of religious history and to illuminate a rarely studied part of the faithful. The results of the enquiry enable us to portray a world in which religion is primarily valued as a social practice. This in turn reveals the nature of the connections between bourgeois conventions, the Catholic religion and juridical practices.
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Antoine Perrier. La bourgeoisie catholique au Conseil d'État (1789-1914). Revue d'histoire de l'Église de France, 2015, pp.141 - 155. ⟨10.1484/J.RHEF.5.107561⟩. ⟨hal-02945190⟩

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