Dancing the "Waterloo waltz": commemorations of the hundred days - parallels in British social dance and song

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Buurman, E. and Cox Jensen, O. 2018. Dancing the "Waterloo waltz": commemorations of the hundred days - parallels in British social dance and song. in: Astbury, K. and Philp, M. (ed.) Napoleon's Hundred Days and the Politics of Legitimacy:War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850 Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 209-232
AuthorsBuurman, E. and Cox Jensen, O.
EditorsAstbury, K. and Philp, M.
Abstract

Collections of country dance tunes and their accompanying steps, which were churned out each year by early-nineteenth-century British music publishers, routinely included dances named after contemporary military figures and events. While previous scholarship has recognized popular songs of the Napoleonic Wars as being important markers of political sentiments amongst wider British society, commemorative dances have not yet been subject to in-depth investigation.

This essay explores parallels between commemorative dances and contemporary popular songs in their commentary on the Napoleonic Wars (particularly Waterloo), and considers how such dances contributed to shaping peoples’ responses, evocations and memories of war.

Page range209-232
Year2018
Book titleNapoleon's Hundred Days and the Politics of Legitimacy:War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Output statusPublished
ISBN9783319702070
Publication dates
Print19 Mar 2018
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Deposited20 Mar 2018
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