Days of Glory? pp 215-260 | Cite as

Fame’s Two Trumpets

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


The subversive devices of caricature give insight into the degrees of disgrace, disorder and infamy that accrue to the showing of military engagement in the service of the French nation. The frequent pairing in visual pendants of a going off to war with an ignominious coming back from warfare suggests, furthermore, the negative effects of warmongering on civil society. Even though they are couched within the mediating mechanisms of an idealising neoclassical aesthetic, satirical views and scenes dealing with the soldier’s return fail to live up to the aspirations of the opening lines of the Marseillaise.


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  • Valerie Mainz
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  1. 1.University of LeedsLeedsUK

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