Soldiers, Citizens and Civilians

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The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars have been described as the first 'total war', which affected millions of people's lives and brought a whole continent into contact with armies and bloodshed. But the extent to which the constant state of war that existed between 1792 and 1815 shaped everyday experience has been much less studied, even although these wars, conducted by mass armies and often mobilized by patriotism, led to the circulation of millions of people throughout Europe and beyond. The changing nature ...

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Overview

The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars have been described as the first 'total war', which affected millions of people's lives and brought a whole continent into contact with armies and bloodshed. But the extent to which the constant state of war that existed between 1792 and 1815 shaped everyday experience has been much less studied, even although these wars, conducted by mass armies and often mobilized by patriotism, led to the circulation of millions of people throughout Europe and beyond. The changing nature of warfare had far-reaching consequences for civil society as well as for those directly engaged in fighting. This volume of essays by international scholars examines the formative experiences of men and women – soldiers, citizens and civilians – in the years 1792-1815, drawing particularly on their personal documents and social and cultural practices, to offer a perspective on the wars which is at some distance from broader and more familiar historical narratives.

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ALAN FORREST is Professor of Modern History at the University of York, UK. He has published widely on French Revolutionary and Napoleonic history. Recent books include Napoleon’s Men: The Soldiers of the Revolution and Empire (2002) and Paris, the Provinces and the French Revolution (2004).

KAREN HAGEMANN is the James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on modern German and European history and gender history, in particular the history of labor, welfare, and education, the women’s movements, and the nation, military, and war.

JANE RENDALL taught for many years at the University of York, UK, in the History Department, the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies and the Centre for Women’s Studies, and is now an Honorary Fellow there. She has published widely in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women’s and gender history, with particular reference to Scotland.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Acknowledgements
Notes on the Authors
Introduction: Nations in Arms, People at War: Analysing War Experiences and Perceptions; A.Forrest, K.Hagemann and J.Rendall
PART I: MILITARY EXPERIENCES
Regimental Worlds: Interpreting the Experience of British Soldiers during the Napoleonic Wars; J.E.Cookson
Assessing the Impact of War Experience: The French Soldiers and Veterans of the Napoleonic Armies; N.Petiteau
Glory, Honour and Patriotism: Military Careers in the Duchy of Warsaw, 1806-1815; J.Czubaty
The World Turbaned Upside Down: Female Soldiers in the French Army of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars; D.Hopkin
PART II: CIVILIANS AT WAR
Caring for the Nation's Families: British Soldiers' and Sailors' Families and the State, 1793-1815; P.Y.C.E.Lin
War without Battles: Civilian Experience of French Economic Warfare in the Hanseatic Cities, 1806-1812; K.Aaslestad
From the Ballroom to the Battlefield: British Women and Waterloo; C.Kennedy
'Unimaginable Horror and Misery': The Battle of Leipzig in October 1813 in Civilian Experience and Perception; K.Hagemann
PART III: WAR, PATRIOTISM AND PROTEST
'A Very Rebellious Disposition': Dutch Experience and Popular Protest under the Napoleonic Regime, 1806-1813; J.Joor
'A Citizen and not a Soldier': The British Volunteer Movement and the War against Napoleon; K.B.Linch
Religion and the Experience of War: A Comparative Approach to Belgium, the Netherlands and the Rhineland; H.Carl
Index

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