Title

Dancing the “Waterloo Waltz”: Commemorations of the Hundred Days – Parallels in British Social Dance and Song

Publication Date

2-13-2018

Document Type

Contribution to a Book

Department

Music and Dance

Publication Title

Napoleon's Hundred Days and the Politics of Legitimacy

Editor

Katherine Astbury, Mark Philp

DOI

10.1007/978-3-319-70208-7_11

First Page

209

Last Page

232

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. Although 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.

Keywords

Social Dance, Wider British Society, Napoleonic Wars, Buonaparte, Annual Dance

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