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The March to the Marne

The March to the Marne
The French Army 1871-1914

  • Date Published: March 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521545921

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  • The relationship between the French army and the regime provides one of the central themes in the history of the Third Republic. From its foundation in 1870, the republic sought to integrate the army of Louis-Napoleon into a left-leaning, democratic political system. This experiment failed, historians have argued, because the social origins, political attitudes and professional values of the officer corps sabotaged cooperation with the republic. The nation paid a bloody price for this failure on the battlefields of the Great War. Dr Porch's book challenges many standard assumptions about the place of the army in French political life between 1871 and 1914. The events of the 'Dreyfus years' are examined from the army's standpoint. Dr Porch examines the impact of the Dreyfus affair on the crucial tactical and armaments debates of the immediate pre-war years, tracing the origins of the costly 'spirit of the offensive' while providing the answer to the French army's near disastrous failure to the development of the colonial army and its place within the military structure is also assessed for the first time.

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    • Date Published: March 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521545921
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 155 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. The army and the republic
    2. The army and the nation
    3. The high command
    4. The Dreyfus affair
    5. The radical solution
    6. The affaire des fiches
    7. Anti-militarism and indiscipline
    8. The colonial army
    9. The army and the Nationalist Revival
    10. The three-year law
    11. The spirit of the offensive
    12. The heavy artillery
    13. Conclusion
    Appendix
    Notes
    Select bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Douglas Porch

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