The March to the Marne: The French Army 1871-1914

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Cambridge University Press, 4 déc. 2003 - 304 pages
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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The army and the republic
1
The army and the nation
23
The high command
45
The Dreyfus affair
54
The Radical solution
73
The affaire des fiches
92
Antimilitarism and indiscipline
105
The colonial army
134
The spirit of the offensive
213
The heavy artillery
232
Conclusion
246
War Ministers 18711914
255
Army corps areas
256
Notes
257
Select bibliography
281
Index
291

The army and the Nationalist Revival
169
The threeyear law
191

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