Salammbô by Gustave Flaubert, Jacques Neefs

By Gustave Flaubert, Jacques Neefs

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Fille d’Hamilcar et servante de l. a. déesse Tanit, Salammbô donne son nom au roman, et il s’agit bien pour Flaubert de raconter l’amour brut qui l’attache à Mâtho, le chef des mercenaires employés par Carthage dans sa guerre contre les Romains ; le destin des deux héros est pris dans le tumulte de batailles et de cruautés auquel donne lieu, près de trois cents ans avant Jésus-Christ, los angeles révolte des mercenaires au retour du wrestle. En 1856, Madame Bovary avait été un considérable événement littéraire. Six ans plus tard, le deuxième roman de Flaubert, très attendu, suscita pourtant des réactions contradictoires : beaucoup le jugèrent incompréhensible, lesté d’une érudition historique over the top, et finalement ennuyeux ; d’autres au contraire s’enthousiasmèrent pour son originalité profonde et sa puissance d’évocation. Ce que Salammbô pouvait alors offrir d’étrange ne s’est pas effacé, mais l’évidence, s’est imposée d’une beauté jusqu’alors inédite en littérature – los angeles beauté d’une myth où l. a. violence de l’Histoire se trouve somptueusement mise en scène.

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74 Catriona Kennedy questions this interpretation here, arguing that the ideal of the citizen-soldier was not a dominant one in the British military of the period. Different concepts of masculinity such as the classspecific values of the polite gentleman and the military code of personal honour might be held simultaneously by officers. 75 A transatlantic comparison thus suggests that in all the nations and states involved in the Wars of Revolution and Liberation, masculinity had some association with military values, as a means of mobilizing broad strata of men for mass warfare.

Throughout the eighteenth century governments and military leaders had tried to regulate the number of women and children who accompanied the troops during campaigns, but with little success. The partnership of a soldier and a working woman secured the precarious reproduction of both. 88 Holly A. 89 With the rising size of armies, their professionalization and the related changes in the conduct of warfare, military leaders increasingly tried to reduce and regulate the number of camp followers. 90 Cardoza demonstrates the extent of the increased regulation of camp followers in the French army through an analysis of the changes between 1775 and 1820.

Throughout the country, each side confiscated the properties of suspected enemies, and in the south entire communities were relocated in an effort to prevent the civilian population from providing support to invading troops. Because most wars between 1775 and 1830 were struggles over the very existence of old and new states and nations, legitimated by new and powerful political ideologies, the civilian population became a military target as armies aimed for an annihilating victory over the enemy.

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