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The People in Arms: Military Myth and National Mobilization since the French Revolution (Hardback)
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The People in Arms: Military Myth and National Mobilization since the French Revolution (Hardback)

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Hardback 282 Pages / Published: 05/12/2002
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The People in Arms, first published in 2002, is concerned with the mass mobilization of society for war. It takes as its starting point the French levee en masse of 1793, which replaced former theories and regulations concerning the obligation of military service with a universal concept more encompassing in its moral claims than any that had prevailed under the Ancien Regime. The levee en masse has accordingly gone down in history as a spontaneous, free expression of the French people's ideals and enthusiasm. It also became a crucial source for one of the most powerful organizing myths of modern politics: that compulsory, mass social mobilizations merely express, and give effective form to, the wishes or higher values of society and its members. The aim of the papers presented here is to analyse and compare episodes in which this distinctive ideological configuration has played a leading role.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521814324
Number of pages: 282
Weight: 570 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This collection is highly recommended as a significant contribution to the intellectual, military and political history of war.' The European Legacy
'All contributors make good use of visual evidence, while the editors offer stimulating introductory and concluding thoughts.' History
"...this is an interesting and thought provoking work that military, political, and cultural historians in different fields can read with profit." Hugh Dubrulle, Saint Anselm's College, H-Net
"In their stimulatinmg collection, Moran, Waldron, and their colleagues have powerfully provided a bridge between the history of war and the history of political culture, and explained how a French phenomenon became a global one." H-FRANCE

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