Volunteers of the French Revolutionary Wars: Myths and Reinterpretations

TitleVolunteers of the French Revolutionary Wars: Myths and Reinterpretations
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsHippler, Thomas
EditorKrüger, Christine G., and Sonja Levsen
Book TitleWar Volunteering in Modern Times: From the French Revolution to the Second World War
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
CityBasingstoke, UK ; New York

"Why do individuals voluntarily fight in wars? Volunteering is a characteristic phenomenon of modern wars, yet has surprisingly never been approached by historians, sociologists, or political scientists in a comprehensive way. This book therefore fills an important gap in the historiography of war and society in modern times by tackling the motivations, social backgrounds, military uses and experiences of war volunteers in the wars between the late eighteenth century and today. By using a comparative perspective, the book provides an important basis for the interpretation of volunteer movements and significantly furthers our understanding of the relationship between war and society in the modern era"--Page 4 of cover.

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