Raising Cane: XIX Century Shadow Theater

When not concealed in his palm, this XIX century accessory reveals the political affiliation of its owner: all we need to do is raise it by a street light and the cane will project onto a nearby wall the Emperor’s shadow. The Bonapartism is a political movement that promotes the centralized national state of republican tradition with a very strong executive branch. As such the Bonapartism is populist, authoritarian and democratic and within a broad political spectrum should be located center-right. Paradoxically it could also be viewed as a republican branch of the French Monarchism, as long as its members continue to see the descendants of Napoleon as legitimate successors to the Imperial throne. Seen this way, it competes with the other two monarchist branches, the Legitimists and the Orleanist: The differences between those two are not exactly political, but rather emotional: The Legitimists believe that the successors to Louis XVI should be sought out among the Bourbons of Spain, while the Orleanists want to find them in the minor branch of the descendants of Duke of Orleans. Throughout the XIX century the Orleanists have been at a disadvantage, for their party had no recognizable profile to be shaped into the knob of a cane, but as soon as the canes have gone out of fashion, the play field has evened-out.

Other Canes: The Erotic Cane


About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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