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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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**** Reprint of the U. of Illinois Press edition of 1984 (which is recommended by BCL3). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813329451
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 8/23/1996
  • Series: History and Warfare Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 372
  • Lexile: 1320L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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John A. Lynn, an expert on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century warfare professor, is a professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an adjunct professor at Ohio State University. He lives in Champaign, Illinois.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 The Armee du Nord on Campaign 3
Ch. 2 The Elements of Victory: A Theory of Combat Effectiveness 21
Ch. 3 The New Soldier: Composition and Character of the Rank and File 43
Ch. 4 The New Officer Corps: Social Composition, Political Surveillance, and Military Leadership 67
Ch. 5 Discipline in an Army of Citizen-Soldiers 97
Ch. 6 The Political Education of the Armee du Nord 119
Ch. 7 The Ordinaire and Motivation 163
Ch. 8 The Cult of the Bayonet: Enthusiasm and Tactics 185
Ch. 9 Cavalry and Artillery in an Infantry Army 194
Ch. 10 Training an Evolving Infantry 216
Ch. 11 Line and Column on the Battlefield 241
Ch. 12 The Dimensions of Open Order Combat in the Armee du Nord 261
Conclusion: Motivation and Tactics: The Experience of the Armee du Nord in Context 278
Appendix Tables Concerning Tactical Practice 287
Notes 301
Bibliography 329
Index 341
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