The World Turned Upside Down: Female Soldiers in the French Armies of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

TitleThe World Turned Upside Down: Female Soldiers in the French Armies of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsHopkin, David
EditorForrest, Alan, Karen Hagemann, and Jane Rendall
Book TitleSoldiers, Citizens and Civilians: Experiences and Perceptions of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1790-1820
Pagination77-98
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
CityBasingstoke, UK
Abstract

This book chapter in the edited volume "Soldiers, Citizens and Civilians: Experiences and Perceptions of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1790-1820" with essays that discuss the formative experience of the French Reolutionary and Napoleoinc War (1792-1815) for men and women, as soldiers, citizens and civilians, focuses on the the small group of female soldiers, especially in the French  Army. Around 80 were discovered by historians. It explores the social background of these cross-dressing women, their motives to join the military dressed as a men,  their perception by contemporaries and their national  recollection. Most of them were only discovered because of injuries or their death. When they were discovered otherwise, only a very small number was allowed to serve officially as women in the French military.

URLhttps://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1057/9780230583290_5
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