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Mutinous MemoriesA Subjective History of French Military Protest in 1919$
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Matt Perry

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526114105

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526114129

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A mutineers’ world: transnationalism and the sense of place

A mutineers’ world: transnationalism and the sense of place

(p.83) 3 A mutineers’ world: transnationalism and the sense of place
Mutinous Memories

Matt Perry

Manchester University Press

Chapter three inspects the mutiny in the wider world, in the dynamics of space and place. Transnational circulations (of information, ideas, contention, mutiny, disease, people) shaped the experience of 1919. In this year more than others, territorial divisions of the globe were not fixed and stable. Military service meant travel and the need to make sense of unfamiliar lands and peoples. Moreover, military authorities relied upon the place-bound ideology of nationalism and perceived mutiny as a contravention of this very specific place attachment. In the age of imperialist war, national, ethnic and racial identities interacted with nationalism in complex ways. Furthermore, one feature of the transnational experience of 1919 was the act of fraternisation, which mutineers understood in political, internationalist or universalist terms. Yet, given colonial assumptions and the strategies of the French military, there were racial limits to mutineer internationalism and fraternisation. On their part, the French authorities sought to exploit colonial troops to repress the mutinies as part of their response to the emergency of 1919.

Keywords:   Transnationalism, race, nationalism, circulation, space, fraternisation

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