Revolution and Political Conflict in the French Navy 1789-1794 (Hardback)
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Revolution and Political Conflict in the French Navy 1789-1794 (Hardback)

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Hardback 358 Pages / Published: 13/04/1995
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Although historians of the French Revolution have paid it little attention, the French navy provides a striking illustration of the impact of the new ideology of Popular Sovereignty. This book examines the navy's involvement in political conflict from 1789 to 1794 and charts the evolution of a struggle between opposing definitions of authority in France. The fleet depended on the support of executive power. In 1789 royal government collapsed in the face of defiance from the National Assembly, but Popular Sovereignty was not confined to the legislature. The struggle between competing claims to represent the National Will lay behind the fleet's surrender at Toulon in 1793 and the mutiny at Quiberon Bay. Sent to Brest to save the Republic's navy, Jeanbon Saint-Andre sought to restrict Popular Sovereignty in the context of the Terror. Thus this 1995 study presents a revisionist interpretation of the nature of revolutionary politics.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521472098
Number of pages: 358
Weight: 700 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"...[an] excellent study...[an] extensively documented and thoroughly annotated work..." American Historical Review
"...a promising doctoral thesis...by a scholar with a nice style and an evident talent for synthesis..." The Northern Mariner
"Cormack's study is easily the most important book on the French navy during the Revolution in a generation and should soon become a standard reference not only for the naval, but also for the political, history of the French Revolution." Samuel Scott, Journal of Military History
"Highly recommended, particularly for those interested in the relationship between revolutionary politics and the development of the French Navy during the first five years of the Revolution." Choice
"...Cormack has written a splendid political study of the navy during the French Revolution. He argues that turmoil within the navy, 1789-94, resulted largely from a clash in concepts of public authority between the central government and localities. The broad sweep of his book is rather remarkable..." International History Review
"...Cormack has provided an extremely valuable contribution to the history of the French Revolution, on a subject that has been too often neglected by non-Navy historians." Jill Harsin, The American Neptune

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