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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book traces the creation, maintenance, and contestation of the militarized environments from the establishment of France's first large-scale and permanent army camp on the Champagne plains in 1857, to military environmentalism in the first decade of the twenty-first century. It argues that army commanders have kept faith with the belief that a soldier is moulded through a combination of military culture, discipline, and training that takes place within the environment despite the possibilities offered by computer-simulated training. The book shows how militarized and civilian environments overlap, as well as oppose, each other. The fluid military-civilian boundary illustrates the complexity of the history of French militarized environments and the military mobilization of nature.

Mobilizing nature

The environmental history of war and militarization in Modern France


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