French Fortifications, 1715-1815: An Illustrated History

Overview

This book describes and illustrates French fortifications from 1715 (the death of Louis XIV) to 1815 (the fall of Napoleon), focusing particularly on the Napoleonic era. After an historical background, it covers the heritage of the Ancien Regime with the important contributions of Vauban (the bastioned defense), Gribeauval's reforms in artillery, and Montalembert's innovations. Chapters explore the style of Napoleonic fortifications, siege warfare, artillery and engineering corps, as well as the Napoleonic ...

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Overview

This book describes and illustrates French fortifications from 1715 (the death of Louis XIV) to 1815 (the fall of Napoleon), focusing particularly on the Napoleonic era. After an historical background, it covers the heritage of the Ancien Regime with the important contributions of Vauban (the bastioned defense), Gribeauval's reforms in artillery, and Montalembert's innovations. Chapters explore the style of Napoleonic fortifications, siege warfare, artillery and engineering corps, as well as the Napoleonic achievements in France, Italy, German and the Netherlands, including projects that were planned but never completed.

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Editorial Reviews

Casemate
splendid...pack in an enormous amount of information copiously illustrated, encompass a diverse range of fortification aspects and will grace the shelves of any fortification enthusiast
FORT: The International Journal of Fortifications and Military Architecture
"a splendid read"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786444779
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/30/2009
  • Pages: 282
  • Sales rank: 916,148
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Historian, writer and illustrator Jean-Denis G.G. Lepage is the author of numerous books. His interests include World War II and medieval and French history. He lives in Groningen, Netherlands.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Historical Background 5

Louis XV 5

Louis XVI 6

The French Revolution 8

The Consulate 21

The Napoleonic Empire 24

2 Fortifications of the Ancien Régime 46

Bastioned Fortifications 46

Louis XIV and Vauban 50

Fortifications in the 18th Century 54

Montalembert 61

Siege Warfare 82

Projects Under Louis XV and Louis XVI 84

French Fortifications in Overseas Colonies 97

3 Imperial Fortifications 114

Napoleonic Style 114

Artillery 117

Military Engineering Corps 135

Napoleonic Génie Leadership 141

Siege Warfare 158

Coastal Defense 163

Cartography and Relief-Maps 171

Futuristic Weapons 172

4 Napoleonic Fortification Projects 176

Dismantlement of Obsolete Places 176

Napoleonic Arsenals 176

France 183

The Netherlands 223

Germany 241

Italy 246

Illyrian Provinces 252

Corfu 253

Malta 256

Military Roads and Canals 258

The Heritage of the Empire 262

Appendix French Republican Calendar 267

Bibliography 269

Index 271

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