The French Revolutionary Wars

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Europe's greatest powers formed two powerful coalitions against France, yet force of numbers, superior leadership and the patriotic fervor of France's citizen-soldiers not only defeated each in turn, but closed the era of small professional armies fighting for limited political objectives. This period produced commanders such as Napolean and Nelson, whose names remain a by-word for exellence to this day. From Italy to Egypt Napolean demonstrated his strategic genius and mastery of tactics in battles including ...
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Overview

Europe's greatest powers formed two powerful coalitions against France, yet force of numbers, superior leadership and the patriotic fervor of France's citizen-soldiers not only defeated each in turn, but closed the era of small professional armies fighting for limited political objectives. This period produced commanders such as Napolean and Nelson, whose names remain a by-word for exellence to this day. From Italy to Egypt Napolean demonstrated his strategic genius and mastery of tactics in battles including Rivoli, the Pyramids and Marengo. Nelson's spectacular sea victories at the Nile and Copenhagen were foretastes of a century of British navel supremacy.
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A concise and nicely illustrated overview of the series of conflicts known as the French Revolutionary wars, fought between 1792 and 1802, which forever changed the shape of the Western world. In challenging the political legitimacy of the gime/>, the revolutionaries laid the foundations for the widespread acceptance of democratic, representative, and constitutional rule. In addition, the wars revolutionized war itself, with the use of light troops, the deployment of armies by corps and divisions, and the use of concentration both tactically and strategically to bring maximum force to bear on a weaker opponent. The author is associated with Kobe U. (Japan). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579583651
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/15/2001
  • Series: Essential Histories Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Fremont-Barnes was born in San Francisco and studied history at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Chicago and Oxford. Since 1993 he has lectured in British and American history in Japan, principally at Kobe University. He has published over ten articles on British diplomatic and military history.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Chronology 10
Background to war: Historical rivalries 12
Warring sides: Opposing strength 17
Outbreak: A clash of ideologies 19
The fighting: The first and second coalitions 25
Portrait of a sailor: William Dillon: A midshipman in the Royal Navy 67
The world around war: The impact of conflict 72
Portrait of a civilian: Emma Hamilton: British Ambassadress at Naples 78
How the war ended: Hohenlinden and Copenhagen 82
Conclusion and consequences 85
Further reading 93
Index 94
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