The French Revolutionary Wars, 1787-1802

  • London ; New York New York : Arnold ; Distributed exclusively in the USA by St. Martin's Press 1996
Physical description
xvii, 286 p : maps ; 24 cm.
  • 0340569115 (pbk ; hardbound)
  • 0340645334
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. [275]-280) and index.
  • From Old Regime to Revolution. Rossbach ; The Prussian way ; The end of the Old Regime ; The origins of revolutionary warfare ; War and revolution -- The coming of war. Belgrade ; The European powers and the French revolution ; A new political culture ; A new foreign policy ; The émigrés and the Church ; The rise of republicanism ; The Eastern powers turn west ; The Legislative Assembly decides for war ; Prelude to terror -- The salvation of the revolution. Valmy ; The creation of the revolutionary army ; Advance and retreat : Autumn 1792-Spring 1793 -- The conquest of the west. Fleurus ; Why the French won ; The war in the east ; Conclusion : war and terror -- The Conquest of the south. The bridge of Lodi ; The conquest of Italy ; The campaign of 1796 in Germany ; The pillaging of Europe ; The revolt of Europe ; The satellite states ; The peace of Campo Formio ; War and militarism -- The war at sea and overseas. Aboukir Bay ; The navy and the revolution ; The war in the Atlantic ; The war overseas ; Why the British won ; Beyond Aboukir -- The war of the second coalition. Marengo ; The return of the east ; The campaign of 1799 ; The revolt of Europe (contd.) ; The collapse of the coalition ; The return of Bonaparte and the end of the revolutionary wars -- Conclusion.
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  • "The military and political progress of the [French] revolutionary armies is narrated and analysed in this ... study, with special attention paid to the legacy of the old regime, the remarkable resilience displayed by the old regime powers, the reasons for the revolutionaries' success on land -- and the reasons for their failure at sea. The revolutionary wars brought France hegemony in Europe but at a terrible cost. Inside the country, the war brought the end of pluralism, the destruction of the monarchy, civil war and the terror, paving the way for military dictatorship and burdening the country with an enduring legacy of political instability. This interaction between events at the front and at home is discussed in full. Special attention is also paid to the devastation inflicted by the revolutionary armies as they rampaged across the continent, together with the nationalist resistance movements they provoked"--Page 4 of cover.