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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2017 12:34 p.m. PST

…Militarized Massacre: French Armies on the Warpath against Insurgents in the Vendée, Italy, and Egypt.

"This chapter examines discourses and practices around the repression of insurrection in the Vendée, Italy, and Egypt between 1793 and 1801. It demonstrates that soldiers' responses differed little despite the variation in place and the insurgents' identities. The crucial factor in the repressive violence employed was instead that civilian populations had taken up arms to resist the armies of the Revolution. In doing so they were considered to have placed themselves outside the norms of warfare and to have negated their right to be treated as either non-combatants or enemy soldiers. This placed them and their communities in a grey area which facilitated atrocity and massacre. The dehumanizing language used and the experience of escalating irregular conflict, whether peasant insurrection, urban uprising, endemic banditry, or a fusion of the three, informed and legitimized extreme violence against entire communities and even regions. It is also argued that this type of militarized massacre is one of the most important but under-appreciated legacies of the French Revolutionary Wars"
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MaggieC70 Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2017 10:03 a.m. PST


Can you provide a more specific link to the actual book itself, rather than to the publisher's main page? Without knowing the book's title, or the author's name, this link is useless.


dibble25 Aug 2017 10:26 a.m. PST


Paul :)

MaggieC70 Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2017 11:38 a.m. PST

Also to Springer Book's main page… sigh.

dibble26 Aug 2017 3:36 a.m. PST


A 'taster' here:


Paul :)

MaggieC70 Supporting Member of TMP26 Aug 2017 5:51 a.m. PST

Thanks, Paul! Several chapters look interesting beyond the Vendee, even though they all bear the unfortunate hallmark of heavy-duty academic writing.

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