BN.com Gift Guide

Defeated Flesh: Medicine, Society, and the Birth of Modern France / Edition 304

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $64.21
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 41%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (4) from $64.21   
  • New (3) from $80.13   
  • Used (1) from $64.21   

Overview

Defeated Flesh is a compelling study of the French defeat of 1870 and the socialist uprising of the Commune of Paris, a crucial turning point in the making of modern France. By examining the history of the body and medicine, Taithe shows how the French mobilized for the war effort and how their ultimate defeat had devastating cultural and social consequences that led to the fin de siècle spirit. Reinterpreting the siege of Paris, the physical suffering caused by the war, and rationing in an exceptionally harsh period of French history, the author challenges current debates on citizenship, centralism, and modern warfare. Taithe’s original approach and the wide range of previously untouched source material he draws upon cast a new light on the social aspirations behind the world’s first socialist uprising and on the fears of national decline so common in Western Europe before 1914. This intriguing and highly original study will be of interest to all readers of French history and of European and French culture, as well as to specialists on the history of war and medicine.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

American Historical Review
Taithe provides a stimulating account that will be appreciated by historians of war, modern France, medicine, and public health.
The New York Review Of Books
The most brilliant recent study of the Franco-Prussian War and the Commune....Taithe describes medical practices and the debates over them and he gives the clearest account that anyone I know has written so far of the daily hardship and suffering in Paris.
— Robert L. Herbert
CHOICE
Taithe masterfully plumbs an enormous variety of primary sources—especially medical and public health records—and contemporary analyses to explore the forming of this historical memory. Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above.
Choice
Taithe masterfully plumbs an enormous variety of primary sources—especially medical and public health records—and contemporary analyses to explore the forming of this historical memory. Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above.
The New York Review Of Books - Robert L. Herbert
The most brilliant recent study of the Franco-Prussian War and the Commune....Taithe describes medical practices and the debates over them and he gives the clearest account that anyone I know has written so far of the daily hardship and suffering in Paris.
War in History
Defeated Flesh is a well-researched and original account of the French defeat of 1870. It draws upon a wide range of Parisian archives and published sources, many of which have seldom been used as historical documents. Its originality lies in the fact that it is the first book to deal exclusively with representations of the war, rather than providing an interpretation of what actually happened.
War In History
Defeated Flesh is a well-researched and original account of the French defeat of 1870. It draws upon a wide range of Parisian archives and published sources, many of which have seldom been used as historical documents. Its originality lies in the fact that it is the first book to deal exclusively with representations of the war, rather than providing an interpretation of what actually happened.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742500488
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Edition number: 304
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Bertrand Taithe is senior lecturer in Cultural History the University of Manchester.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
1 Memories of war: 1870-71 1
2 The Franco-Prussian, war, revolution and Commune: an overview 25
3 The politics of social practice: medicine, war and revolution in Paris 46
4 Militarisation and war effort: Paris, the 'giant hospital' 71
5 The politics of care and order 99
6 Revolutionary society and medicine 130
7 The dynamics of humanitarianism and the making of the Red Cross 155
8 Defeat embodied: the severed limbs of the nation 180
9 Seeds of defeat: alcohol and syphilis 208
10 Conclusion: war stories 233
Bibliography 241
Index 287
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)