Upon France s defeat of the vaunted Prussian army at the Battle of Valmy in 1792, German author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe remarked, From this place and from this day forth commences a new era in the world s history. The pronouncement proved prescient, for this first major victory emboldened France s revolutionary government to end the monarchy and establish the first French Republic with dramatic consequences for the wars that soon roiled the continent.
In nine essays by leading scholars, "European Armies of the French Revolution, 1789 1802" provides an authoritative, continent-wide analysis of the organization and constitution of these armies, the challenges they faced, and the impact they had on the French Revolutionary Wars and on European military practices. The volume opens with editor Frederick C. Schneid s substantial introduction, which reviews the strategies and policies of each participating state throughout the wars, establishing a clear context for the essays that follow.
Drawing on the latest research and thought, each contributor focuses on the army of a particular power: France, Prussia, Austria, Russia, Britain, Spain, the German principalities, the Italian states, and the Ottoman Empire. Their essays examine the system, tactics, operations, and strategies that each army adopted and developed in the Revolutionary Wars. The authors explore the conflicts wider influence on these policies and practices, along with significant battles and actions.
Unique in its approach and reach, this volume offers a thorough and closely observed view of the composition, scope, and purpose of the European armies at the turn of the nineteenth century. It enhances and extends our insights into how the military powers of the post French Revolutionary era and thus, the era itself took shape."
European Armies of the French Revolution, 1789-1802
University of Oklahoma Press
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