War Memories The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in Modern European Culture

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-10-18
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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The memory of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars was so powerful across Europe because they constituted a crucial turning point in European history. The military expansion of France ensured that scarcely a corner of Europe remained untouched by the wars and by the political, economic and social changes that accompanied them. This interdisciplinary volume brings together an international team of experts who study how experiences and memories were transmitted to future generations in European culture and explore the various media through which they passed. This focus allows the authors to examine the intersection between experience and memory, between the private and the public, history and fiction, literature and art, and, most significantly of all, between the memories of the individual, groups, regions, nations, and the continent of Europe.

Author Biography

ALAN FORREST is professor of Modern History at the University of York, UK. He has published widely on French Revolutionary and Napoleonic history in France and Europe, on the history of armies and war, and on the cultural history of modern France.

ETIENNE FRANCOIS is professor emeritus of History at the Free University of Berlin, Germany,and at the University of Paris-I (Panthéon-Sorbonne). His research focuses on German, French and European Early Modern and Modern history, with a special interest in the issue of history and memory.

KAREN HAGEMANN is James G. Kenan distinguished professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. Her research focuses on modern German and European history and on gender history, especially on the relationship between war, the nation and gender.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword to the Series
Notes on Contributors
Preface; A.Forrest, É.François and K.Hagemann
Introduction: War Memories: The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in Modern European Culture; A.Forrest, É.François and K.Hagemann
1. War, Experience and Memory: An Austrian Cavalry Officer Narrates the Napoleonic Wars; L.James
2. Remembering the Other: The Peninsular War in the Autobiographical Accounts of British and French Soldiers; L.Montroussier-Favre
3. Bayonets Across the Hedges: British Civilian Diaries and the War at Home, 1793–1815; C.Kennedy
4. Conquered Territories and Entangled Histories: The Perception of Franco-German and German-Polish Borderlands in German Travelogues, 1792–1820; B.Struck
5. Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign and Nineteenth-Century Orientalism: Perceptions and Memories in Autobiographical Accounts and Novels; M-C.Thoral
6. Warrior Sailors and Heroic Boys: Images of Masculinity in English Nautical Novels on the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars; L.Peters
7. German Patriots and French Soldiers: Memories of the Napoleonic Wars in German Historical Novels on the Rhineland; M.Schultz
8. Female Heroism: Images of Patriotic Women in Nineteenth Century Russian Historical Novels of the War of 1812; R.Leiserowitz
9. Monumental Memories: State Commemoration of the Napoleonic Wars in Early Nineteenth-Century Britain; H.Hoock
10. National Symbols and the Politics of Memory: The Prussian Iron Cross of 1813, its Cultural Context and its Aftermath; K.Hagemann
11. The Memory of War through Cartoons: Imagining the French Invasion of Britain, 1793–1804; R.Reichardt
12. Peasants, Cossacks and the 'Black Tsar': Russian Cartoons during the Wars of 1812 to 1814; M.Peltzer
13. Another lieu de mémoire?: Napoleonic Painting, the Museum, and French Memory; D.O' Brien
14. La pierre et l'empereur: Remembering the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in French Lithography; K.Buchinger
15. The Disasters of a People's War: Goya's Image of the Peninsular War and Spanish War Memories; P.K.Klein
16. Heroic Memories: Gendered Images of the Napoleonic Wars in German Feature Films of the Interwar Period; W.Koller
Conclusion: The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars as a Shared and Entangled European lieu de mémoire; É.François

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