Défendre la France: Les Français, la guerre et le service militaire, de la guerre de sept ans à Verdun

TitleDéfendre la France: Les Français, la guerre et le service militaire, de la guerre de sept ans à Verdun
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsCrépin, Annie
Number of Pages431
PublisherPresses Universitaires de Rennes
City, CountryRennes
Abstract

It is the political, ideological, cultural and social history of military service in France until 1914 that this book proposes to retrace. It is first of all a political history: if the Revolution did not invent the duty of defense, it reinvented it by giving it new forms and coupling it with a new citizenship. This is not an immobile story: the Jourdan law which institutionalizes the "attempts" of the Revolution does not establish military service for all French people. The distortion between universal 'duty of defense' and personal and compulsory service lasted for three-quarters of a century and fueled the debate on the voting of major military laws. Those of the Third Republic do not put an end to this debate, which has continued until today. It is also a cultural and social history, that of the French in the face of military service, that of a dialogue begun very early, when writing the grievance booklets, between them and their leaders, about what the ideal army should be. (WorldCat from French)

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