Des aspects géographiques des sociétés de préparation militaire en France, 1870-1914

TitleDes aspects géographiques des sociétés de préparation militaire en France, 1870-1914
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBaker, Alan R. H.
JournalRevue historique de l'armée
Volume274
Issue1
Start Page15
Pagination15-22
Date Published07/2014
Abstract

The history of France’s military preparation societies, which were about a hundred in the early 1870s and reached many thousands in 1914, is well known. However, the role of geography in the formation and functioning of these societies has been neglected. This study examines the role in seven separate departments (Ariège, Cantal, Finistère, Loir-et-Cher, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Pas-de-Calais and Vienne). It outlines the history of their respective societies of military preparation before focusing on the influence of geography on their spatial distribution. The article then examines the geographic discours of these companies: their promoting local geographical knowledge and teaching pride in their homeland, the latter relying in particular on understanding the topography, cartography, terrain and landscape of France.

URLhttp://journals.openedition.org/rha/7945
Translated TitleGeographic aspects of military training societies in France, 1870-1914
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