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  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • Napoleonic Friendship (Becoming Modern: New Nineteenth-Century Studies)
  • Brian Joseph Martin
  • English
  • 04 March 2015
  • 9781584659563

2 thoughts on “Napoleonic Friendship (Becoming Modern: New Nineteenth-Century Studies)

  1. Christine Christine says:

    An interesting if not life altering piece I did wonder if Martin's incredibly personal opening meant that he was too close to the topic and I admit I raised an eyebrow when he boldly stated 275 note 15 regarding the gay soldiers in the medieval period that Philippe IImounted a crusade with his lover Richard the Lionhearted as if it was not something anyone had ever debated Nevertheless the book is readable and has its meritsMartin's work is at its best to me when it focuses on the evolution of the ideals and methods the French Army adopted to get the best out of its soldiers from the French Revolution onward with the largest emphasis of course being on the Napoleonic period and the relationships that formed between officers officers and their soldiers and soldiers with soldiers His section on the lives of Grande Armee soldiers after the fall of Napoleon was particularly compelling and I appreciated the attention he paid to the rules surrounding the marriages of officerssoldiers and the treatment of veterans He does a good job of making sure the reader stops thinking of the army as a general mass of men and instead sees them as complex individuals each with their own interwoven relationships that formed a support network often lasting well beyond their years of serviceThe issues I had were largely due to poor marketing of what this book actually is which is to say it is called Napoleonic Friendship Military Fraternity Intimacy and Sexuality in Nineteenth Century France but nearly half of it consists of in depth descriptions and analyses of literature Balzac gets the largest percentage of pages but does share space with others like Hugo and Zola While this would certainly appeal to a wide swath of historians to me it left the book feeling unbalanced I believe there is always a place for using literature as a means of understanding the world but nothing in the marketing of this book implied it would be so heavily lit based and I found myself wishing Martin would get to the point uicker as I did not need lengthy passages that were essentially biographies of characters in the pieces he selected to discuss For a book that has a main text of only 272 pages the rest being the end notes and bibliography having about half of it be a detailed walk through of Balzac etc was disappointing While I would not cut the discussion of literary incarnations of French soldiers I would have much preferred about actual military officers and soldiers than their fictional counterparts

  2. Aidan Aidan says:

    The book is extraordinary in its subject matter the handling and the treatment of the information and the insight produced from all of it It opens up a whole new perspective on male to male intimacy Set in military and historical background it nevertheless appeals to a certain universal connection between men speaking of masculine intimacy that men in the 21st century can recognize Flooded with fascinating material and interesting details from the span of nearly two centuries the book won't ever disappointThe only complaint that i have is that the text contains a few spelling errors One French individual name Gourgaud was spelled persistently incorrectly and there were a couple of actual English words that suffered from faulty proof reading as well Should be eliminated in the following editions of this book But the work is solid and strong enough even in the presence of such embarrassing mistakes

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Napoleonic Friendship (Becoming Modern: New Nineteenth-Century Studies)❰PDF / Epub❯ ☉ Napoleonic Friendship (Becoming Modern: New Nineteenth-Century Studies) Author Brian Joseph Martin – Winner of the Laurence Wylie Prize in French Cultural Studies One of the first books on “Gays in the Military” published following the historic repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” in 2011  N Winner of the Laurence Wylie Prize in French Cultural Studies One of the first books on “Gays in the Military” published following the historic repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” in   Napoleonic Friendship examines the history of male intimacy in the French military from Napoleon to the First World War Echoing the historical record of gay soldiers in the United States  Napoleonic Friendship is the first book length study on the origin of ueer soldiers in modern France Based on extensive archival research in France the book traces the development of affectionate friendships in the French Army from to Following the French Revolution radical military reforms created conditions for new physical and emotional intimacy between soldiers establishing a model of fraternal affection during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars that would persist amid the ravages of the Franco Prussian War and World War I Through readings of Napoleonic military memoirs and other non fiction archival material and French military fiction from Hugo and Balzac to Zola and Proust Martin examines a broad range of emotional and erotic relationships from combat buddies to soldier lovers He argues that the French Revolution’s emphasis on military fraternity evolved into an unprecedented sense of camaraderie in the armies of Napoleon For many soldiers the hardships of combat led to intimate friendships For some the homosociality of military life inspired mutual affection lifelong commitment and homoerotic desire.