The Bayonets Of The Republic / Edition 1

The Bayonets Of The Republic / Edition 1

by John A Lynn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813329450

ISBN-13: 9780813329451

Pub. Date: 08/23/1996

Publisher: Westview Press


The Bayonets of the Republic challenges the view of the French revolutionary army as an unskilled but fiercely patriotic fighting force that won simply by overwhelming its enemies with bayonet assaults. Skillfully combining traditional and new military history, Lynn demonstrates that French combat effectiveness encompassed far more than mere patriotism or…  See more details below

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The Bayonets of the Republic challenges the view of the French revolutionary army as an unskilled but fiercely patriotic fighting force that won simply by overwhelming its enemies with bayonet assaults. Skillfully combining traditional and new military history, Lynn demonstrates that French combat effectiveness encompassed far more than mere patriotism or frenzied charges.Lynn focuses on the Armée du Nord, largest of the eleven armies which protected the borders of France at the height of the Revolution. He does not, however, restrict himself to an analysis of generalship or weaponry, but examines every aspect of life in the French army—from rank-and-file recruitment, officer selection, discipline, political education, and group cohesion, to the flexible use of line, column, and skirmishers on the battlefield. The image which emerges is one of a highly motivated, disciplined, and tactically superior army that outmaneuvered and outfought its opponents.For students of the French Revolution, Bayonets builds upon and extends the best of recent scholarship on subjects as diverse as the debate over conscription and the distribution of revolutionary newspapers and songbooks. For military historians, it combines social, organizational, and operational elements to present a unique view of the French army as an institution and fighting force. And, finally, for social scientists concerned with troop motivation and combat effectiveness, it supplies a highly illustrative case study of troops under fire.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813329451
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
08/23/1996
Series:
History and Warfare Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
1320L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1The Armee du Nord on Campaign3
Ch. 2The Elements of Victory: A Theory of Combat Effectiveness21
Ch. 3The New Soldier: Composition and Character of the Rank and File43
Ch. 4The New Officer Corps: Social Composition, Political Surveillance, and Military Leadership67
Ch. 5Discipline in an Army of Citizen-Soldiers97
Ch. 6The Political Education of the Armee du Nord119
Ch. 7The Ordinaire and Motivation163
Ch. 8The Cult of the Bayonet: Enthusiasm and Tactics185
Ch. 9Cavalry and Artillery in an Infantry Army194
Ch. 10Training an Evolving Infantry216
Ch. 11Line and Column on the Battlefield241
Ch. 12The Dimensions of Open Order Combat in the Armee du Nord261
Conclusion: Motivation and Tactics: The Experience of the Armee du Nord in Context278
AppendixTables Concerning Tactical Practice287
Notes301
Bibliography329
Index341

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