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Following the French Revolution, radical military reforms created conditions for new physical and emotional intimacy between soldiers, establishing a model of fraternal affection that would persist from the revolutionary and Napoleonic wars through the Franco-Prussian War and World War I.

Based on extensive research in French and American archives, and enriched by his reading of Napoleonic military memoirs and French military fiction from Hugo and Balzac to Zola and Proust, Brian Joseph Martin's view encompasses a broad range of emotional and erotic relationships in French armies from 1789 to 1916. He argues that the French Revolution's emphasis on military fraternity evolved into an unprecedented sense of camaraderie among soldiers in the armies of Napoleon. For many soldiers, the hardships of combat led to intimate friendships. For some, the homosociality of military life inspired mutual affection, lifelong commitment, and homoerotic desire.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Frontispiece, Series Information
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Prologue
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. I: Revolution to Empire, 1789-1815
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. 1: Military Fraternity from the Revolution to Napoleon
  2. pp. 19-39
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  1. 2: Napoleonic Friendship at the Top - Marshal Lannes, General Duroc, General Junot
  2. pp. 40-67
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  1. 3: Napoleonic Friendship in the Ranks - General Marbot, Captain Coignet, Sergeant Bourgogne
  2. pp. 68-100
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  1. II: Waterloo, 1815
  2. pp. 101-102
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  1. 4: Wannabes & Waterloo - Stendhal’s Napoleonic Latecomers
  2. pp. 103-125
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  1. 5: Grave Friendship - Hugo’s Miserable Waterloo
  2. pp. 126-147
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  1. 6: An Army of Bachelors - Napoleonic Veterans from Blaze to Balzac
  2. pp. 148-170
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  1. III: Restoration to Second Empire, 1815-70
  2. pp. 171-172
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  1. 7: Combat Companions & Veteran Bedfellows - Balzac’s Major Hulot and Colonel Chabert
  2. pp. 173-199
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  1. 8: Military Daddies & Veteran Rogues - Balzac’s Major Genestas and Colonel Bridau
  2. pp. 200-228
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  1. 9: Neo-Napoleonic Friendship - Maupassant, Zola, and the War of 1870
  2. pp. 229-254
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  1. Conclusion: Homo Military Modernity - Proust and the First World War
  2. pp. 255-270
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  1. Epilogue: Unknown Soldiers
  2. pp. 271-272
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  1. Notes
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 351-379
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  1. Library of Congress Data
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781584659440
Related ISBN
9781584659235
MARC Record
OCLC
694600733
Pages
400
Launched on MUSE
2012-07-31
Language
English
Open Access
No
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