Days of Glory?

Imaging Military Recruitment and the French Revolution

  • Valerie Mainz

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 261-298

About this book


This book examines a range of visual images of military recruitment to explore changing notions of glory, or of gloire,during the French Revolution. It raises questions about how this event re-orientated notions of ‘citizenship’ and of service to ‘la Patrie’. The opening lines of the Marseillaise are grandly declamatory: Allons enfants de la Patrie/le jour de gloire est arrivé! or, in English: Arise, children of the Homeland/The day of glory has arrived! What do these words mean in their later eighteenth-century French context? What was gloire and how was it changed by the revolutionary process? This military song, later adopted as the national anthem, represents a deceptively unifying moment of collective engagement in the making of the modern French nation. Valerie Mainz questions this through a close study of visual imagery dealing with the issue of military recruitment.  From neoclassical painting to popular prints, such images typically dealt with the shift from civilian to soldier, focusing on how men, and not women, were called to serve the Homeland.


Gloire Military recruitment French revolution Patriotism Visual arts Fine Arts Cultural History

Authors and affiliations

  • Valerie Mainz
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Leeds LeedsUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
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  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-54293-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-54294-6
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