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

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., eds. Napoleon's Hundred Days and the Politics of Legitimacy:War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 209-232 ISBN 9783319702070

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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.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > DA0010 British Empire. Commonwealth of Nations. The Commonwealth
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature on music
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Music and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Erica Buurman
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2018 13:02
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2018 13:02
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17088

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