The Resource At the edge of the world : the heroic century of the French Foreign Legion, Jean-Vincent Blanchard

At the edge of the world : the heroic century of the French Foreign Legion, Jean-Vincent Blanchard

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At the edge of the world : the heroic century of the French Foreign Legion
Title
At the edge of the world
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the heroic century of the French Foreign Legion
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Jean-Vincent Blanchard
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Language
eng
Summary
"An aura of mystery, romance, and danger surrounds the French Foreign Legion, the all-volunteer corps of the French Army, founded in 1831. Famous for its physically grueling training in harsh climates, the legion fought in French wars from Mexico to Madagascar, Southeast Asia to North Africa. To this day, despite its reputation for being assigned the riskiest missions in the roughest terrain, the mystique of the legion continues to attract men from every corner of the world. Historian Jean-Vincent Blanchard follows the legion's rise to fame during the nineteenth century--focusing on its campaigns in Indochina and especially in Africa--when the corps played a central role in expanding and protecting the French Empire. As France struggled to be a power capable of rivaling the British, the figure of the legionnaire--deadly, self-sacrificing, uncompromisingly efficient--came to represent the might and morale that would secure a greater, stronger nation. Drawing from rare, archival memoirs and testimonies of legionnaires from the period and tracing the fascinating career of Hubert Lyautey, France's first resident-general in Morocco and a hero to many a legionnaire, to chronicle the Foreign Legion at the height of its renown, when the corps and its archetypically handsome, moody, and marginalized recruits became both the symbols of a triumphant colonialism and the stuff of legend."--Publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
355.3/590944
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
UA703.L5
LC item number
B49 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
At the edge of the world : the heroic century of the French Foreign Legion, Jean-Vincent Blanchard
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
An early history of the Legion -- Algeria! -- 1885 -- Le Cafard -- Oil slick -- Grim march -- In the Legion -- Beyond the desert -- Morocco that was -- Baraka -- Principles of war -- A quest for redemption -- Middle atlas -- Rif on fire -- Beau travail! -- Epilogue: mon Legionnaire
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ocn968690174
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25 cm
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Extent
vi, 262 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780802743879
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2016042027
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
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(OCoLC)968690174

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