• Valerie Mainz
Part of the War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850 book series (WCS)


Mainz addresses the Marseillaise, the French national anthem, to show how this marching song, composed in 1792, conflates the duties of the citizen for the service of French glory with those of the heroically masculine soldier. Yet assumptions about the enduring nature of French military virtues and the accrual of gloire still need to be challenged by paying close attention to the formal elaboration of what is going on in prints and painting dealing with the topic of military recruitment at the time of the French Revolution. In this too, gloire functions as an historically changing system of mediation between lived human life and the ways in which that human life is represented and experienced.


Visual Image Eighteenth Century Visual Imagery French Revolution Early Modern Period 
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  • Valerie Mainz
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  1. 1.University of LeedsLeedsUK

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