Soldiers of Napoleon's Kingdom of Italy: Army, State and Society, 1800-1815

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For Napoleon to create an Italian army, it was necessary to foster Italian nationalism, encouraging Italians to perceive themselves as citizens of a greater Italy and not as subjects of the former city-states, such as Milan or Venice. Conscription brought more than 200,000 Italians, roughly 3 percent of the entire population, into the kingdom's army. The army was representative of every sector of north Italian society, and the military administration became a significant part of the state. In the kingdom of ...
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For Napoleon to create an Italian army, it was necessary to foster Italian nationalism, encouraging Italians to perceive themselves as citizens of a greater Italy and not as subjects of the former city-states, such as Milan or Venice. Conscription brought more than 200,000 Italians, roughly 3 percent of the entire population, into the kingdom's army. The army was representative of every sector of north Italian society, and the military administration became a significant part of the state. In the kingdom of Italy, Napoleon created a national army in the modern sense of the term. Frederick C. Schneid explores the relationship between the army, the state, and Italian nationalism and also examines the social composition of the army's officers and soldiers as well as its performance on campaign. The book concludes with an assessment of the legacy of the Napoleonic era in Italy.
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Examines the composition and performance of the army of the Kingdom of Italy, forged from two republics by Napoleon in 1804. Three percent of the population belonged to the army, and it was the main instrument both of administration and of the nation- building that included replacing loyalty to former city-states with a national identity. Also assesses the major impact of the era in Italy. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

A Note on Ranks
Acknowledgments
1 The Kingdom of Italy in Perspective 1
2 The Italian Military Establishment 16
3 The Officers 32
4 N.C.O.s and Volunteers 50
5 A National Army 65
6 Butchers, Bakers and Candlestick Makers 79
7 Desertion and Deserters 90
8 In the Field 104
9 The Kingdom, the Army and the Risorgimento 122
App.: Conscript Allocation for Infantry Regiments 132
App.: Conscript Allocation for Cavalry Regiments 133
Select Bibliography 134
Index 141
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