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Violence and the State$
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Matt Killingsworth, Matthew Sussex, and Jan Pakulski

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719097027

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719097027.001.0001

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War in the Revolutionary-Napoleonic Age: the French experience, 1792–1815

War in the Revolutionary-Napoleonic Age: the French experience, 1792–1815

(p.15) 1 War in the Revolutionary-Napoleonic Age: the French experience, 1792–1815
Violence and the State

Gavin Daly

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the nature of the French Revolutionary-Napoleonic Wars in light of recent historical debates over the question of ‘total war’ and the degree to which these wars constitute ‘old’ or ‘new’ wars within the broad currents of European history. The focus is on France as the epicentre of the wars. Notwithstanding continuities with the past, and regional and time variations, this chapter argues for important quantitative and qualitative changes in the nature of the French experience of war over this period: the ideologisation of war, the extraordinary growth of the state’s claims over its citizens for the purpose of waging war, the nation-in-arms, and the unprecedented impact of war on the lives of civilians.

Keywords:   Revolutionary-Napoleonic Wars, French Revolution, Total War, Napoleon, Violence

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