“Marriage, Love, and War in the Age of the French Revolution”
Dr. Jennifer Heuer, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Friday, February 21, 2020 | 12:30pm-2:00pm | Sakamaki A201
The French Revolution transformed marriage and family. It also introduced unprecedented mass conscription, and led to two decades of almost constant warfare. Historians usually think about these two processes separately, but they were connected in surprising ways. We look together at a few key moments – including Enlightenment debates over whether fathers would be good soldiers, the participation of women in revolutionary armies and their official expulsion in 1793, and Napoleon’s plans to marry 6,000 wounded veterans with “poor but virtuous young women” in one day – to uncover some of these connections and their relevance for changing ideas of gender, citizenship, and public and private life.