Revolution and Political Conflict in the French Navy 1789-1794

Revolution and Political Conflict in the French Navy 1789-1794

by William S. Cormack
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521472091

ISBN-13: 9780521472098

Pub. Date: 08/28/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book examines the French Navy during the Revolution, focusing on the fleet>'s involvement in political conflict. Although ignored by historians of the Revolution, the navy>'s experience illustrates a nation-wide struggle between authority based on executive power and authority based ambiguously on the <'People>'s Will>'. The book charts the evolution of this…  See more details below

Overview

This book examines the French Navy during the Revolution, focusing on the fleet>'s involvement in political conflict. Although ignored by historians of the Revolution, the navy>'s experience illustrates a nation-wide struggle between authority based on executive power and authority based ambiguously on the <'People>'s Will>'. The book charts the evolution of this struggle in the assemblies and in the ports of Toulon and Brest, revealing its impact on the navy and its central importance to the French Revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521472098
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2011
Pages:
343
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

1. The French navy, the revolution and the historians; 2. The French navy on the eve of revolution; 3. The revolution begins: the Toulon Affair of 1789; 4. Naval reorganisation and the mutiny at Brest, 1790–1; 5. Bertrand de Moleville and the dissolution of the officer corps, 1791–2; 6. Naval officers and the Jacobin Regime, 1792–3: the court martial of Captain Basterot; 7. The Great Treason: the surrender of the Mediterranean fleet in 1793; 8. Naval authority and the National Will: the Quiberon Mutiny of 1793; 9. A navy for the Republic: Jeanbon Saint-André's missions to Brest and the Prairial Campaign, 1793–4; 10. Conclusion: revolutionary politics and the French navy; Bibliography; Index.

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