The first total war : Napoleon's Europe and the birth of modern warfare as we know it / by David A. Bell.
- New York : Houghton Mifflin Company 2007
- 9780618919819 (pbk.)
- 9780618349654 (hbk.)
- 0618919813 (pbk.)
- 0618349650 (hbk.)
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 360-396) and index.
- Officers, gentlemen, and poets -- Conscience, commerce, and history -- Declaring peace; declaring war -- The last crusade -- The exterminating angels -- The lure of the eagle -- Days of glory -- War's red altar.
- Describes how the Enlightenment and the French Revolution led to the first total war in history during the age of Napoleon, when embodiments of modern-day warfare such as conscription, guerrilla warfare, and unconditional surrender made their first appearance.