Citizenship and Military Service

TitleCitizenship and Military Service
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsForrest, Alan
EditorWaldinger, Renée, Philip Dawson, and Isser Woloch
Book TitleThe French Revolution and the Meaning of Citizenship
PublisherGreenwood Press
CityWestport, CT

Citizenship is a fundamental concept in social life, entailing rights, obligations, and relationships with others. As this book chapter demonstrates it was decisively shaped in and by the French Revolution and the Revolutionary Wars. With the levée en masse of 1793 and the Jourdan Law from 1798 the revolutionary French government introduced universal conscription. In the revolutionary rhetoric men as citizens had to serve the fatherland and protect the nation and the revolution.

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