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Citizen Soldiers and the Key to the Bastille


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Julia Osman
    Pages 1-12
  3. Julia Osman
    Pages 13-32
  4. Julia Osman
    Pages 33-54
  5. Julia Osman
    Pages 55-79
  6. Julia Osman
    Pages 80-107
  7. Julia Osman
    Pages 108-128
  8. Julia Osman
    Pages 129-150
  9. Julia Osman
    Pages 151-160
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 161-204

About this book


Showcasing French participation in the Seven Years' War and the American Revolution, this book shows the French army at the heart of revolutionary, social, and cultural change. Osman argues that efforts to transform the French army into a citizen army before 1789 prompted and helped shape the French Revolution.


French Revolution American Revolution French army citizen-army citizen-soldier citizen-soldiers soldier-citizen soldier-citizens Seven Years' War French and Indian War Louis XVI Louis XIV Louis XV George Washington Society of the Cincinnati New France Canada Montcalm Vaudreuil reform american revolution France revolution

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryMississippi State UniversityUSA

About the authors

Julia Osman is an Assistant Professor of French and military history at Mississippi State University, USA.

Bibliographic information


“Osman reexamines the role of the French army of the Old Regime in the outbreak of the French Revolution. … this work constitutes a great example of the benefits of combining cultural with military history. It definitely fulfils its promise to speak to “the value of using cultural methodology for military history, as well as how military institutions are fruitful sites for cultural analysis”. … it is also a valuable contribution to the renewed study of Atlantic world political culture.” (Christine Haynes, Journal of Modern History, Vol. 88 (4), 2016)