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The Belgian Army and Society from Independence to the Great War

Draper, Mario (2018) The Belgian Army and Society from Independence to the Great War. Palgrave Macmillan, 281 pp. ISBN 978-3-319-70385-5. E-ISBN 978-3-319-70386-2. (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-70386-2) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This book explores Belgian state-building through the prism of its army from independence to the First World War. It argues that party-politics, which often ran along geographical, linguistic, and religious lines, prevented both Flemings and Walloons from reconciling their regional identities into a unified concept of Belgian nationalism. Equally, it obstructed the army from satisfactorily preparing to uphold Belgium’s imposed neutrality before 1914. Situated uneasily between the two powerhouses of nineteenth-century Europe, Belgium offers a unique insight into the concepts of citizenship and militarisation in a divided society in the era of fervent nationalism. By examining the composition, experience, and image of the army’s officer corps and rank and file, as well as those of the auxiliary forces, this book shows that although military and civilian society often stood aloof from one another, the army, as a national institution, offered a fleeting glimpse into the dichotomy that was pre-war Belgium.

Item Type: Book
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-3-319-70386-2
Uncontrolled keywords: First World War, Flemings, Nationalism, Walloons, Neutrality
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: James Farley
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2018 12:41 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 10:32 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/67277 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Draper, Mario: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7240-343X
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