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Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare: Series Number 29

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Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare: Series Number 29 by Alan Forrest
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A major contribution to the study of collective identity and memory in France, this book examines a French republican myth: the belief that the nation can be adequately defended only by its own citizens, in the manner of the French revolutionaries of 1793. Alan Forrest examines the image of the citizen army reflected in political speeches, school textbooks, art and literature across the nineteenth century. He reveals that the image appealed to notions of equality and social justice, and with time it expanded to incorporate Napoleon's victorious legions, the partisans who repelled the German invader in 1814 and the people of Paris who rose in arms to defend the Republic in 1870. More recently it has risked being marginalized by military technology and by the realities of colonial warfare, but its influence can still be seen in the propaganda of the Great War and of the French Resistance under Vichy.

Author Biography

Alan Forrest is Professor of Modern History at the University of York. His previous books include Paris, the Provinces and the French Revolution (2004), Napoleon's Men: The Soldiers of the Revolution and Empire (2002) and The Revolution in Provincial France: Aquitaine, 1789-1799 (1996).
Release date Australia
May 28th, 2009
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
288
Dimensions
152x229x17
ISBN-13
9780521810623
Product ID
3037665

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