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Forging Napoleon's Grande Armée
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Forging Napoleon's Grande Armée: Motivation, Military Culture, and Masculinity in the French Army, 1800-1808

Michael J. Hughes

Abstract

The men who fought in Napoleon's Grande Armée built a new empire that changed the world. Remarkably, the same men raised arms during the French Revolution for liberté, egalité, and fraternité. In just over a decade, these freedom fighters, who had once struggled to overthrow tyrants, rallied to the side of a man who wanted to dominate Europe. What was behind this drastic change of heart? This book shows how Napoleonic military culture shaped the motivation of Napoleon's soldiers. Relying on extensive archival research and blending cultural and military history, the book demonstrates that the N ... More

Keywords: Napoleon's Grande Armée, French Revolution, freedom fighters, Napoleonic military culture, Napoleonic regime, military culture, soldiers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814737484
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814737484.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael J. Hughes, author