Soldats: un laboratoire disciplinaire. l'armée piémontaise au XVIIIe siècle

TitleSoldats: un laboratoire disciplinaire. l'armée piémontaise au XVIIIe siècle
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1991
AuthorsLoriga, Sabina
Number of Pages318

In the 18th century, military discipline aimed for a very precise objective: to quicken the rhythm on the battlefield. At a time when soldiers all over Europe debated the "art of good training", the victories of Frederick II showed that it was possible to modify the troop's movements. For decades, the Prussian example inspired ambitious projects of uniformity. The discipline, however, did not form the unique, compact and anonymous project that Michel Foucault describes to us: its contents and the values attributed to it gave matter for constant reflection. Provincial nobles, court aristocrats, disenfranchised vassals, simple soldiers populated the garrison with a host of memories, expectations, and specific projects. Their stories, often very different from one another, allow us to analyze the variety of institutional experience and the quality of power relations. The army in Piedmont, the only state on the Italian peninsula with a long military tradition, provides an opportunity here to revisit the debates developed in the social sciences around the notions of discipline and coercion.

Translated TitleSoldiers: A Disciplinary Laboratory. The Piedmontese Army in the 18th Century.
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