levée en masse

the ‘’levee en masse’’ was the mass conscription of french citizens for service in the revolutionary war. ıt was issued by the national convention in august 1793.

levee en masse is a french term used for a policy of mass national conscription, often in the face of invasion. the concept originated during the french revolutionary wars, particularly for the period following 16 august 1793, when able-bodied men aged 18 to 25 were conscripted.

ıt formed an integral part of the creation of national identity, making it distinct from forms of conscription which had existed before this date.