Popular Resistance in the French Wars: Patriots, Partisans and Land Pirates

TitlePopular Resistance in the French Wars: Patriots, Partisans and Land Pirates
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsEsdaile, Charles J.
Number of Pages233
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
CityBasingstoke, UK; New York
Abstract

In the Napoleonic period, warfare ceased to be a matter for armies alone, but also became an affair of the people. So, at least, runs the usual claim. In Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany and Russia outraged peasants and townsfolk rose against the French armies and fell upon them without mercy. From these insurrections we get the modern word 'guerrilla', but did armed civilians really play an important a role in the struggle? In this collection of essays, a group of specialists on the Napoleonic epoch tease out the question, and arrive at some startling conclusions.

Short TitlePopular Resistance in the French Wars
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