Napoleonic Foot Soldiers And Civilians: A Brief History With Documents

Paperback | January 26, 2011

byRafe Blaufarb, Claudia Liebeskind

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By highlighting the experiences of common soldiers and civilians, this volume by Rafe Blaufarb and Claudia Liebeskind presents a broad view of the Napoleonic Wars not found in typical military histories. The introduction recounts the key events of the wars and how they marked a shift in the modern notion of “total war” and provides necessary political and military background on the issues of recruitment and evasion, the military community, combat and its aftermath, the homefront, and demobilization. The rich collection of memoirs, letters, and popular engravings -- from familiar sources such as German infantryman Jakob Walter to an account of a French woman canteen worker -- offers contrasting voices, some offered here in English for the first time. These documents and images explore core civil-military interactions, including foraging, plunder, sexuality, violence, eating, religion, and commerce. Headnotes to the documents, a chronology, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography provide pedagogical support.

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By highlighting the experiences of common soldiers and civilians, this volume by Rafe Blaufarb and Claudia Liebeskind presents a broad view of the Napoleonic Wars not found in typical military histories. The introduction recounts the key events of the wars and how they marked a shift in the modern notion of “total war” and provides nec...

RAFE BLAUFARB (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is Ben Weider Eminent Scholar Chair in Napoleonic History and the Director of the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution at Florida State University. He is the author of The French Army, 1750-1820: Careers, Talent, Merit (2002), Bonapartists in the Borderlands: French Refugees and...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.24 × 5.48 × 0.33 inPublished:January 26, 2011Publisher:Bedford/St. Martin'sLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312487002

ISBN - 13:9780312487003

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface
 
PART ONE. INTRODUCTION: AN AGE OF TOTAL WAR?
     The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1792-1815    
     Recruitment and Evasion        
     The Military Community        
     Combat and Its Aftermath        
     The Homefront 
     Life After Service
PART TWO. THE DOCUMENTS        
     1. General Marbot, Memoirs, 1844       
     2. Benjamin Harris, Recollections, 1848 
     3. Louis-Gabriel Montigny, Account of a Canteen Woman, 1833   
     4. French Intelligence Report on British India, 1807  
     5. Correspondence of William Lee, U.S. Consul in Bordeaux, 1806-9
     6. Popular Images of Napoleonic Warfare 
          Appel de Contingent Communal
          Distribution de la Viande au Camp 
          Tableau de la Guerre
          Siege de Saragossa
          Passage de la Beresina
          15 August 
     7. Giovani Patrizi, Memoirs, c.1817       
     8. Jakob Walter, Memoirs, c.1820-1840      
     9. Friederich Ludwig Burk, Diary, 1806-1816     
     10. Julie Pellizzone, Journal, 1813-1815      
Appendixes
     A Chronology of the Revolutionary and  Napoleonic Wars  (1792-1816)
     Questions for Consideration
     Selected Bibliography
Index