Conscripts and Deserters: The Army and French Society During the Revolution and Empire

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byAlan Forrest

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Between the outbreak of war with Austria in 1792 and Napoleon's final debacle in 1814, France remained almost continously at war, recruiting in the process some two to three million frenchmen--a level of recruitment unknown to previous generations and widely resented as an attack on theliberties of rural communities. Forrest challenges the notion of a nation heroically rushing to arms by examining the massive rates of desertion and avoidance of service as well as their consequences on French society--on military campaigns and the morale of armies, on political opinion at home, onthe social fabric of local villages, and on the Napoleonic dream of bringing about a coherent and centralized state.

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Between the outbreak of war with Austria in 1792 and Napoleon's final debacle in 1814, France remained almost continously at war, recruiting in the process some two to three million frenchmen--a level of recruitment unknown to previous generations and widely resented as an attack on theliberties of rural communities. Forrest challenge...

Alan Forrest is at University of Manchester.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.65 × 6.46 × 1.06 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"A detailed and sometimes fascinating account....Nicely written and thoroughly documented, this is virtually the only work on this subject in English."--Choice