Napoleonic Friendship: Military Fraternity, Intimacy, and by Brian Joseph Martin

By Brian Joseph Martin

Following the French Revolution, radical army reforms created stipulations for brand new actual and emotional intimacy among infantrymen, developing a version of fraternal affection that will persist from the innovative and Napoleonic wars throughout the Franco-Prussian conflict and global conflict I.

Based on huge examine in French and American data, and enriched through his examining of Napoleonic army memoirs and French army fiction from Hugo and Balzac to Zola and Proust, Brian Joseph Martin's view contains a extensive diversity of emotional and erotic relationships in French armies from 1789 to 1916. He argues that the French Revolution's emphasis on army fraternity advanced into an exceptional feel of camaraderie between squaddies within the armies of Napoleon. for plenty of infantrymen, the hardships of wrestle ended in intimate friendships. For a few, the homosociality of army existence encouraged mutual affection, lifelong dedication, and homoerotic hope.

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