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A la croisée des révolutions et des lois: exilés napoléoniens aux Etats-Unis

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Vanessa Mongey


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This article examines the impact of French soldiers on the United States in the early nineteenth century. After exploring the political ideals of these exiles and the idea of a liberal movement "on the move", this article turns to the place of these men at the crossroads of U.S. and French laws. They not only tested the control the United States exercised over foreigners living on their territory, but they also raised questions on the influence France exercised when its nationals left its borders. Some of these individuals adopted the cause of Latin American independents and clashed with U.S. policy of neutrality as well as with French laws prohibiting military service aboard. Moreover, these French exiles in the United states shed light on new state processes, particularly he controversy surrounding the professionalization of the military in the United states. In a constantly shifting political context, the stories of these individuals gives us the opportunity to write a transatlantic political history from the ground-up.

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Author(s): Mongey V

Editor(s): Villerbu, Tangi

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Marchands, exilés, missionnaires et diplomates : Les Français et les États-Unis, 1789-1815

Year: 2017

Pages: 55-67

Print publication date: 09/11/2017

Acceptance date: 18/04/2017

Publisher: Presses Universitaires de Rennes

Place Published: Rennes, France

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9782753559066