Postwar Cities: The Cost of the Wars of 1813–1815 on Society in Hamburg and Leipzig

TitlePostwar Cities: The Cost of the Wars of 1813–1815 on Society in Hamburg and Leipzig
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsAaslestad, Katherine B.
EditorForrest, Alan, Karen Hagemann, and Michael Rowe
Book TitleWar, Demobilization and Memory: The Legacy of War in the Era of Atlantic Revolutions
Pagination220-237
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
CityBasingstoke, UK
Abstract

Forlorn peasants returning to burnt villages, war refugees seeking shelter, shattered trade and mounting debt are universal results of war. If the most familiar example of these catastrophic conditions is Europe in 1945, the first modern example is post-Napoleonic Europe. The Napoleonic period has attracted much attention for its wars and politics, but scholars have neglected to examine the subsequent decades as a “post-war period.” The social and economic costs of the war did not end when fighting ceased or armies moved on to another state. New armies of occupation appeared that also needed to be fed, housed and supported, as did the recently formed local militias. Displaced people, war refugees, and expellees needed food and shelter and often medical care. This paper explores the processes undertaken by civilians to gain compensation for wartime losses and well as the work of a range of private organizations formed to meet the needs of distraught civilians. It recounts the destruction of the war and some of the strategies that Germans from the Hanseatic Cities and Saxony implemented to rebuild their societies after 1815. 

URLhttps://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-1-137-40649-1_13
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