Citizen soldiers and the key to the Bastille

Citizen-soldiers090OSMAN Julia

Citizen soldiers and the key to the Bastille

Houndmille : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, XIII-204 p.

Collection War, culture and society, 1750-1850

ISBN 978-1-13-748623-3

REV 249

Résumé éditeur :

The French army experienced rapid and dramatic change from the 1750s to 1789—and it took the rest of the country with it. Wracked from defeat in the Seven Years’ War, where Amerindian warriors and rugged Canadian militiamen had shown the French army its weaknesses, French officers and philosophers set to work imagining and forging a new kind of army in France: a citizen army, the likes of which had not been seen since the glory days of ancient Greece and Rome. These writers found encouragement for their ideas in the home-grown patriots of the American Revolution and resistance from those who relied on tradition and well-ingrained privilege. By 1789, French officers would declare their citizen army realized, but in the process they would spark a Revolution they could not control. (4e de couv.)

Julia Osman is Assistant Professor of French and Military History at Mississippi State University, USA.

Axe de recherches :

  • Axe 3 : Guerre, Sécurité, (Des)Ordre(s) public(s)

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