The Military and Masculinity: Gendering the History of the French Wars, 1792–1815

TitleThe Military and Masculinity: Gendering the History of the French Wars, 1792–1815
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsHagemann, Karen
EditorChickering, Roger, and Stig Förster
Book TitleWar in an Age of Revolution, 1775-1815
PublisherCambridge University Press
CityNew York

This chapter provides a comparative overview of the interconnectedness of masculinity, military service and citizenship in different European countries, mainly Britain, France and Germany, in the Age of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (1792-1815). This was the first period in warfare when mass wars were fought by mobilizing previously unknown of numbers  citizens as volunteers or militian men for war  by using patriotic-national propaganda,. The chapter is part of an edited volume  that investigates a critical moment in the history of warfare. It assembles historians of the early modern and modern eras to speak to one another across the great historiographical divide that has traditionally separated them. The central questions in the volume have to do with the historical place of revolutionary warfare on both sides of the Atlantic, the degree to which they extended practices common in the eighteenth century or introduced fundamentally new forms of warfare. Among the topics covered in the volume are the global dimensions of warfare, logistics, universal military service and the mobilization of noncombatants, occupation, and the impact of war on civilian life in both Europe and North America.

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