The first total war

Napoleon's Europe and the birth of warfare as we know it

By Bell, David Andrew

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ISBN
978-0-61834-965-4
Publisher
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2007.


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Reviewed on December 15, 2006

Napoleon is widely credited with changing both the perception and the waging of war. Bell (history, Johns Hopkins Univ.;The Cult of the Nation in France ) makes a convincing case that this transformation preceded Napoleon's career and to some extent shaped it, pointing to the French Revolution. Prior to that, the 18th-century ideal of honor among the nobility, which mitigated the ferocity of war, had produced warfare that was comparatively genteel. The French r...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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