This book, first published in 1974, analyses the problems and mechanics of the Revolutionary movement in the army during and after the French Revolution. It charts the transition of the French army from the Revolutionary force of 1815 to the counter-revolutionary army which in June 1848 led the suppression of the European Revolutionary movement. By defining the scope of political of political unrest in the army between 1815 and 1848 – its causes, patterns and remedies – the author demonstrates that republican political ideology had only a limited appeal for the military and served more as a rallying point for discontent with the conditions of service.
Table of Contents
1. The 1823 Reserve Mobilisation and the 1824 Law 2. The Restoration Army, 1824–30 3. 1830 4. Casimir Périer and the Politics of Stability 5. The Soult Law 6. L’Arme Savante: Republicanism in the Artillery 7. The Droits de l’Homme 8. Lunéville, 1834 9. Professional Revolutionaries and Secret Societies, 1835–7 10. Strasbourg, 1836 11. Conclusion Appendix 1. Ministers of War, 1815–48 Appendix 2. Regiments Reported for Republican Activity, 1830–44 Appendix 3. Garrisons and Garrison Towns Appendix 4. Soldiers and NCOs Arrested for Republican Activity, 1830–48 Appendix 5. Officers Reported to the War Minister for Republican Activity, 1830–48 Appendix 6. By-Laws of the Société Philanthropique des Frances Amis