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The Legacy of the French Revolutionary Wars : The Nation-in-arms in French Republican Memory (Hardcover)

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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.

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Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780521810623
SKU 210796569
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0521810620
Release Date 4/21/2009
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0276
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Series Part 29
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