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Controlling ParisArmed Forces and Counter-Revolution, 1789-1848$
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Jonathan M. House

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479881154

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479881154.001.0001

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Exiled from Paris

Exiled from Paris

The French Army, February–May 1848

(p.65) 3 Exiled from Paris
Controlling Paris

Jonathan M. House

NYU Press

This chapter examines the French Army's role in Paris and the problem of military discipline during the spring of 1848. More specifically, it considers the army's indiscipline, partisan politics, leadership, and expansion and how it reestablished its discipline and order within a few days of the February Revolution of 1848. The chapter first discusses Parisian civil–military relations during 1848 and goes on to analyze the three centers of influence that controlled the War Ministry during 1848: the war minister, the Commission for the Organization of National Defense, and the professional soldier. It then describes the War Ministry's success in ending troop mutinies in April 1848 and restoring discipline and political reliability in the French Army. It also analyzes the War Ministry's semi-mobilization of a professional army for war in Europe.

Keywords:   military discipline, French Army, Paris, indiscipline, partisan politics, February Revolution, civil–military relations, War Ministry, troop mutinies, Europe

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