Intrepid Women: Cantinieres and Vivandieres of the French Army

Intrepid Women: Cantinieres and Vivandieres of the French Army

By: Thomas Cardoza (author)Hardback

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Cantinieres and vivandieres were women who served as official, uniformed combat auxiliaries of French army units from 1793 to the eve of World War I. Technically non-combatant spouses of active-duty soldiers, they fought and died in every conflict from the wars of the Revolution through colonial campaigns in Algeria, Mexico, West Africa, and Indochina. At a time when women were strictly controlled by the Napoleonic Code, cantinieres owned property, traveled widely, and exercised a fierce independence from their husbands. However, despite their actions, they passed largely under the radar of the growing feminist and anti-feminist movements that flourished in France from 1792 onward. Based on extensive archival research as well as published sources, Intrepid Women is the first serious book-length study of a previously ignored aspect of women's and military history.

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Thomas Cardoza is Professor of Humanities at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada.


Contents Acknowledgments Introduction 1. An Uncertain Existence: Vivandieres in the Royal Army 2. "Absolutely Necessary": Vivandieres in the Armies of the French Revolution 3. Expanded Opportunities: Cantinieres in the Armies of Napoleon 4. "Useful and Necessary": Cantinieres and the Constitutional Monarchies 5. The Second Empire: The "Golden Age" of the Cantinieres 6. The Third Republic and the End of the Cantinieres Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index

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  • publication date: 05/04/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780253354518
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9780253354518
  • weight: 590
  • ISBN10: 025335451X

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