Saint-Simonians were a group of young engineers and doctors who proposed original solutions to the social and banking crises of the early nineteenth century. Through an examination of the lives, ideals and activities of these men and women, the book analyses the influence of the Saint-Simonians on nineteenth-century French society.
Pamela Pilbeam is Professor Emeritus of French History, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, and Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow, 2007-2009. She has published extensively on nineteenth-century European history, including Madame Tussaud and the History of Waxworks (2006, 2nd edition), and French Socialists before Marx: Workers, Women and the Social Question in France (2000).
Introduction 1. A New Generation Planning for a Golden Age 2. Religion and the Liberation of the Poorest Classes 3. The Cost of Free Love 4. Reconfiguring New Worlds 5. Transnational Reformers 6. Egypt Orientalism and Modernisation 7. Algeria 1830-48: Conquest and Exploration 8. Proletaires into Proprietaires: The Promised Land, 1848 9. Urbain and the Arab Empire 10. Conclusion: Remembering the Saint-Simonians Bibliography