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Ensemblance: The Transnational Genealogy of Esprit de Corps

Luis de Miranda


This book provides the first ever transnational and longue-durée intellectual history of a highly influential but largely understudied modern phrase: esprit de corps. A strong attachment and dedication among the members of a community of practice or a body politic, esprit de corps can be perceived as beneficial (collective élan) or detrimental (groupthink). As a polemical argumentative signifier, esprit de corps has played a significant role in the cultural and political history of the last 300 years: the idea was influential and debated during the European secularisation of education in the e ... More

Keywords: History of ideas, corporatism, groupthink, esprit de corps, social theory, individualism, collective intelligence, belonging

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474454193
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474454193.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luis de Miranda, author
Örebro University