Manipulating History: The Camelots du Roi's Campaign to Quash Dreyfusard Monuments

dc.contributor.advisorHargrove, June Een_US
dc.contributor.authorRosenblatt, Brooke Staceyen_US
dc.contributor.departmentArt History and Archaeologyen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines the Action française youth organization, the Camelots du Roi, and their destruction of Dreyfusard monuments during the winter of 1908-1909. By contextualizing the Camelots' vandalism with the Action française ideological program, this thesis contends Camelots du Roi's iconoclasm functioned as an attempt to manipulate history and revise the legacy of the Dreyfus Affair. The reinterpretation of history was a central objective for the Action française. Members of the association believed that the French public education system distorted the past, and to prevent further misrepresentations, the Action française developed a pedagogical program. This thesis argues that the Camelots' dedication to the Action française educational agenda prompted their attacks on the monuments to Ludovic Trarieux, Émile Zola, Charles Auguste Scheurer-Kestner and Bernard Lazare. Evidence demonstrates that the Camelots' vandalism of Dreyfusard memorials operated as a means to reinvent the past and rewrite the judicial conclusion of the Dreyfus Affair.en_US
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dc.subject.pqcontrolledArt Historyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledAction francaiseen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledDreyfus Affairen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledCharles Maurrasen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledMaxime Real del Sartreen_US
dc.titleManipulating History: The Camelots du Roi's Campaign to Quash Dreyfusard Monumentsen_US


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