Cormack, William S.


Cambridge, at the University Press, 1st.ed 1996. Xiii + 343 pp., 7 ills & 9 maps. D.j., 23 x 16cm. Blank front free endpaper creased, o/w FINE. Signed & inscribed by Dr. Nicholas Rodger : "Nicholas Rodger, Acton. Feast of St. Vincent de Paul, 1996." The French Navy's involvement in the French Revolution during the late 18th century is examined and its impact on the new ideology assessed. The author charts the evolution of the struggle between opposing factions from 1789 to 1794. The fleet depended on the support of executive power. In 1789 the royal government collapsed in the face of the National Assembly, but the struggle between competing claims to represent the Nation's Will lay behind the fleet's surrender at Toulon in 1793 and the mutiny at Quiberon Bay. Sent to Brest to save the 'Republic's' navy, Jeanbon Saint-Andr' sought to restrict 'Popular Sovereignty' in the context of the Terror. The author looks at the subject through the eyes of historians who had hitherto paid little attention to the role of the navy. He describes the French Navy on the eve of revolution, the Toulon affair, mutiny at Brest 1790-91, the dissolution of the Officer Corps, the court-martial of Captain Basterot, the Quiberon mutiny of 1793, and the politics that permeated throughout the French Navy at this bloody period of upheaval.

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