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Lecture | PCNI Lunch Seminar

Do books break down borders? The case of Peninsular War soldiers and political culture in nineteenth-century France, Britain and Spain

  • Matilda Greig (European Institute Florence)
Tuesday 17 October 2017
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden
Faculteitskamer Rechtsgeleerdheid

We welcome all of you to a PCNI lunch seminar by one of our former students, Matilda Greig, on Tuesday 17 October.

Greig's dissertation compares the military memoirs written by Spanish, French and British veterans of the Peninsular War (1808-14), books which were published throughout the long nineteenth century and became quite a recognizable sub-genre of literature in Europe at the time. She argues that writing these books was an often quite political act on the part of the veterans, who had various motives (criticizing the army hierarchy, improving their own career prospects, contributing to the official historical record, or just making a bit of money) and were quite skilled, confident authors. The thesis also looks at the ‘afterlives’ of the memoirs in the hands of others, such as later editors, family members and commercial publishers, and at how the books travelled across borders through reprinting and translation.

Bring your own lunch!

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