David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21St Street, B7600, HRH 2.114A, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531
French Guest Lecturer Christy Pichichero
Fri, February 1, 2008 • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM • HRH 2.118
What happens when you combine army reform with moral philosophy, natural law theories, and socially egalitarian ideologies of the Parisian salon milieu? Military Enlightenment! This talk explores a little known egalitarian movement in literature and military thought of the mid-eighteenth century that aimed to democratize heroism and its rewards to all men of the French army. A study based upon archival documents, this talk reveals the French army to have been one of the most liberal-thinking institutions of the Bourbon absolute monarchy at the twilight of the Old Regime.