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

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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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 It draws upon a wide range of Parisian archives and published sources, many of which have seldom been used as historical documents.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.
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.
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 It draws upon a wide range of Parisian archives and published sources, many of which have seldom been used as historical documents.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.
American Historical Review
Taithe provides a stimulating account that will be appreciated by historians of war, modern France, medicine, and public health.
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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.

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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
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