The American Revolution and the French Military Enlightenment

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The American Revolution and the French Military Enlightenment
Christy Pichichero
Associate Professor, George Mason University
October 10, 2019
01:07:25

Christy Pichichero, associate professor at George Mason University and the 2015 Tyree-Lamb Fellow of the American Revolution Institute, discusses her work on war and the Enlightenment in the context of French experiences during the American Revolution. French officers such as the marquis de Chastellux and the comte de Rochambeau—whose memoirs are a part of the Institute’s rich archival collections—considered themselves to be “military philosophers” who brought Enlightenment philosophical spirit to global military enterprise. Dr. Pichichero sheds light on their analyses of American people, customs and ways of war and shows how fighting in the American Revolution influenced their politics and worldviews in surprising ways.

Video courtesy of C-SPAN’s American History TV