HARTUNG-BERGMAN FOUNDATION SEMINAR
NINETEENTH CENTURY WARS AT A DISTANCE
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Wars at a Distance in the Nineteenth Century
Editorial Director: Laurence Bertrand Dorléac
Editorial Staff: Carole Gautier and Cécile Pichon-Bonin
Translator: David Ames Curtis
Historians, we are told by Sylvain Venayre, the author of La Gloire de l’aventure. Genèse d’une mystique moderne. 1850-1940, neglected nineteenth-century European wars. Those wars are eclipsed by the great deadly conflicts of the twentieth century. The preceding century was said to be, by comparison, almost peaceful. Now, nothing of the sort is actually the case, and renewed historiographical interest in the history of Empires testifies to this fact.
And yet, if this feeling is so deeply rooted, it is also because visual representations of these wars at a distance are much scarcer—even though it was right before the American Civil War that the first photographic images of dead soldiers on the field of battle appeared in the work of Jules Couppier, during the Second Italian War of Independence (1859), and in that of Felice Beato, during the Second Opium War (1860).