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War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850

The Language Question under Napoleon

Authors: McCain, Stewart

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  • Offers new insights into the process of empire-building and cultural politics during the Napoleonic era
  • Explores the varied roles played by Napoleonic officials in a fractured state
  • Utilises extensive and varied archival and published sources
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This book offers a new perspective on the cultural politics of the Napoleonic Empire by exploring the issue of language within four pivotal institutions - the school, the army, the courtroom and the church. Based on wide-ranging research in archival and published sources, Stewart McCain demonstrates that the Napoleonic State was in reality fractured by disagreements over how best to govern a population characterized by enormous linguistic diversity. Napoleonic officials were not simply cultural imperialists; many acted as culture-brokers, emphasizing their familiarity with the local language to secure employment with the state, and pointing to linguistic and cultural particularism to justify departures from which what others might have considered desirable practice by the regime. This book will be of interest to scholars of the Napoleonic Empire, and of European state-building and nationalisms.

About the authors

Stewart McCain is Programme Director in History at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, UK, and has previously taught European History at the Universities of Winchester, Aston and Oxford. Grants from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Royal Historical Society have supported his research, which has previously appeared in French History.

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“Napoleon’s fame rests in part on perfecting a centralized administrative machine that obsessively imposed uniformity. This, at least, is the image. Stewart McCain, in this brilliant study of language policies, rediscovers a dynamic more complicated than a simple top-down imposition by the state. Non-governmental actors, including notables, scholars, professionals and priests, emerge in this book as vital players in the story of the propagation of the French language, both within and beyond France.” (Michael Rowe, King's College London, UK)

“McCain’s book fills a significant gap in our knowledge of the spread of the French language, and he casts his net very widely across the Napoleonic Empire to do so. Historians of the Empire and its workings, as well as socio-historical linguists, will be in his debt.” (Martyn Lyons, University of New South Wales, Australia)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook £63.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-54936-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £79.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-54935-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover £79.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-85525-7
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Language Question under Napoleon
Authors
Series Title
War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-54936-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-54936-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-54935-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85525-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 307
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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