Alphonse de Lamartine: History of the Revolution of 1848
Alphonse de Lamartine (1790–1869) was a poet in politics. A product of the old French nobility, he was one of France’s leading Romantic poets. He held diplomatic positions before 1830; but he was already a liberal and was elected to the Chamber of Deputies of the July Monarchy in 1834. There he stood alone, joining none of the parties and coalitions until, in the monarchy’s last years, when he became more and more of a democrat, he supported the banquet campaign of 1847 and 1848, which ended in the Revolution of 1848. Lamartine’s political position had been enhanced by his support of popular causes in the Chamber, by his publication in 1847 of the History of the Girondins (an enthusiastic presentation of the virtues of a “moderate” left-wing position), and through his newspaper Le Bien Public.