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.
Thomas Cardoza is Professor of Humanities at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada.
ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. An Uncertain Existence: Vivandieres in the Royal Army2. "Absolutely Necessary": Vivandieres in the Armies of the French Revolution3. Expanded Opportunities: Cantinieres in the Armies of Napoleon4. "Useful and Necessary": Cantinieres and the Constitutional Monarchies5. The Second Empire: The "Golden Age" of the Cantinieres6. The Third Republic and the End of the CantinieresConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex
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