War Memories: The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in Modern European Culture

War Memories: The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in Modern European Culture

by Alan Forrest
     
 

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The memory of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars was so powerful across Europe because they constituted a crucial turning point in European history. The military expansion of France ensured that scarcely a corner of Europe remained untouched by the wars and by the political, economic and social changes that accompanied them. This interdisciplinary volume brings… See more details below

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The memory of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars was so powerful across Europe because they constituted a crucial turning point in European history. The military expansion of France ensured that scarcely a corner of Europe remained untouched by the wars and by the political, economic and social changes that accompanied them. This interdisciplinary volume brings together an international team of experts who study how experiences and memories were transmitted to future generations in European culture and explore the various media through which they passed. This focus allows the authors to examine the intersection between experience and memory, between the private and the public, history and fiction, literature and art, and, most significantly of all, between the memories of the individual, groups, regions, nations, and the continent of Europe.

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'We have focused so intensely on issues of history and memory arising out of the world wars of the twentieth century that we have tended to lose sight of the huge transnational impact of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. This superb, stimulating and vivid collection of essays offers a welcome invitation to reconsider a major factor in the making of western modernity.' — Colin Jones, Queen Mary University of London, UK

'What forged nation-states was not so much war as the cultural memory of war. Since nationalism was primarily a nineteenth- and twentieth-century phenomenon, the Napoleonic Wars played a vital part in shaping national cultures of remembrance and public history. This carefully-composed volume offers new and convincing perspectives on these processes and provides an impressive and truly European overview of the qustion.' — Horst Carl, University of Gießen, Germany

'The field of remembrance studies is now very crowded, but this book stands out as a wide- ranging compendium and showcase for the inventive, challenging work being done in this field for the Revolutionary-Napoleonic period. The editors have brought together a collection of uniformly fine essays, from some of the best scholars working in this genre, many of them young and emerging. This marks an important step in the ever burgeoning renaissance of Napoleonic studies. Yet another new, conceptual front has been opened here.' — Michael Broers, Oxford University, UK

"This fine addition to a splendid book series opens important new perspectives on the ways the wars of the French Revolution and Napoleon have been remembered and commemorated in European culture. Ranging across genres from memoirs to novels to the visual arts and material culture, the essays collected here add significantly to our understanding of the wars' impact, and form a fascinating counterpart to the literature on war memories and culture in the twentieth century." — David A. Bell, Princeton University, USA

'Drawing on a fascinating battery of concepts that originate in anthropology and sociology as well as in history, the editors have assembled a team of well-respected historians whose work emphasises the many links between experience and memory, the public and the private, history and fiction, violence and pacification, and between male values and a specifically feminine sensibility that helps to redefine gender difference.' — Pierre Serna, Université Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne, France

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781137365408
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
10/18/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

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