Faculty book: Chrastil, Organizing for War

Rachel Chrastil, Assistant Professor of History at Xavier University, has just published her first book, Organizing for War, France 1870-1914 | November 1, 2010

Rachel Chrastil, Assistant Professor of History at Xavier University, has just published her first book with LSU Press.

Rachel Chrastil, Organizing for War: France 1870-1914.  Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2010.   xiv + 256 pp.  Map, tables, abbreviations, notes, bibliography, index.  $45.00 U.S. (cl).  ISBN 978-0-8071-3679-9.






praise for Chastil's book: 

“An original and insightful analysis of how civil society in France responded both to the trauma of war and defeat in 1870-71 and the challenges of national recovery.  By concentrating on civic society, Chrastil effectively turns our attention away from the hoary question of revanche – did the French state actively seek to avenge the loss of 1871? – to examine the multifaceted reality of how ordinary French men and women worked together in civic associations that tackled the problems created by war and its aftermath.  This approach tells us much that is new about how the Franco-Prussian War affected France after 1871, and at the same time helps us to understand why and how French civil society responded as it did during and after the Great War of 1914-1918.” – Martha Hanna, author of Your Death Would Be Mine: Paul and Marie Pireaud in the Great War

  “Citizen action rebuilt France after the crushing defeat of the Franco-Prussian War, but in Rachel Chrastil’s insightful presentation, a vibrant civil society was not an unmitigated good: it also produced a society dedicated to military preparedness and ready to accept the carnage of the First World War.  Organizing for War encourages scholars to reassess the relationship between civil society and democracy by demonstrating that a densely structured voluntary sector may produce negative as well as positive effects.” – Carol Harrison, author of The Bourgeois Citizen in Nineteenth-Century France: Gender, Sociability, and the Uses of Emulation

  Organizing for War: France 1870-1914 makes important contributions to our understanding of turn-of-the-century France, to the evolution of French republicanism, and especially to the impact of the Franco-Prussian War and French society’s psychological and physical preparation for the First World War.  Deeply researched but also straightforward and brisk in style, Organizing for War shows us how the traumatic experience of the Franco-Prussian War shaped France’s response to the crisis of July 1914.” – Margaret H. Darrow, author of French Women and the First World War: War Stories of the Home Front