Introduction: Nations in Arms—People at War

TitleIntroduction: Nations in Arms—People at War
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsForrest, Alan, Karen Hagemann, and Jane Rendall
EditorForrest, Alan, Karen Hagemann, and Jane Rendall
Book TitleSoldiers, Citizens and Civilians: Experiences and Perceptions of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1790–1820
Pagination1-20
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
CityBasingstoke, UK
Abstract

This introduction to the edited volume Soldiers, Citizens and Civilians: Experiences and Perceptions of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1790-1820 with essays that discuss the formative experience of those wars for men and women, as soldiers, citizens and civilians, summarizes the state of research and the conceptualization of the period, which has been described as that of the first "total war." Affecting millions of people’s lives, this war brought a whole continent into contact with armies and bloodshed, and subsumed the economies of most European states to the needs and exigencies of the military. The after-effects of the French Revolution, which permanently influenced European political culture far beyond France’s borders, have, of course, been widely analysed. But the extent to which the constant state of war that existed between 1792 and 1815 shaped the everyday experience of soldiers and civilians has been much less studied. Yet these wars affected nearly every European country as well as large areas of Asia, Africa and North America. 

URLhttps://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1057/9780230583290_1
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