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Representing Authority: New Forms of Official Identity

Richard Wrigley

Source: The Politics of Appearances. Representations Of Dress In Revolutionary France 2002

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The earliest days of the Revolution had seen the creation of the National Guard, an institution whose adoption of a uniform corresponded to the expression of a newly forged patriotic unity. To some extent, this proved to be a relatively uncontentious phenomenon in so far as the creation of a uniform was consistent with the essentially military nature of the Guard. Uniforms were, however, strongly associated with hierarchy. In the case of the Guard, this related to the social status of its members

Cockades: Badge Culture and its Discontents

Richard Wrigley

Source: The Politics of Appearances. Representations Of Dress In Revolutionary France 2002

Book chapter

Ubiquitous use, however contested, highlighted practical problems related to the fabrication and provision of cockades. In the context of discussions of patrie en danger legislation, Broussonnet noted that in the countryside many couldn’t afford to buy a cockade; one consequence of this was that people made their own. This resulted in variations which were as disturbing as they were irregular, such that, in September 1793, ‘revolutionary cavalry’ decided it was advisable to ban them.14 September

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