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

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Concerned with the mass mobilization of society for war, this study starts with the French levée en masse of 1793. It 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 Old Regime. These papers analyze and compare episodes (in which the distinctive ideological configuration that the original levée typified plays a leading role).

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"...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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521814324
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations; Contributors; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction: the legend of the levée en masse Daniel Moran; 2. La patrie en danger: the French Revolution and the first levée en masse Alan Forrest; 3. The historiography of the levée en masse of 1793 Owen Connelly; 4. Arms and the concert: the nation in arms and the dilemmas of German liberalism Daniel Moran; 5. American views of conscription and the German nation in arms in the Franco-Prussian war John Whiteclay Chambers II; 6. Defining the enemy: war, law and the levée en masse from 1870 to 1945 John Horne; 7. People's war: the German debate about a levée en masse in October 1918 Michael Geyer; 8. The levée en masse from Russian empire to Soviet Union, 1874–1938 Mark Von Hagen; 9. From Jaurès to Mao: the levée en masse in China Arthur Waldron; 10. In lieu of the levée en masse: mass mobilization in modern Vietnam Greg Lockhart; 11. The Algerian war (1954–1962): the inversion of the levée en masse Douglas Porch; 12. Looking backward: the people in arms and the transformation of war Arthur Waldron; Index.

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