European Armies of the French Revolution, 1789–1802
Published by: University of Oklahoma Press
Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
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.
“This book is a critical and much-needed contribution to the field. No other work, in any language, presents an analysis of the armies of the states involved in the French Revolutionary Wars. Frederick C. Schneid has assembled the foremost authorities in the world to contribute chapters in their areas of expertise, and they have done so in a highly commendable fashion. This work will remain unrivaled for decades.”—Michael V. Leggiere, author of Blücher: Scourge of Napoleon
“This collection is an exemplary contribution to the academic literature on the armies that served during the French Revolutionary Wars. Drawing on the latest research and thinking, it provides an authoritative, accessible, continent-wide analysis of these armies and their impact. This volume is a great step forward in the literature on the Revolutionary armies.”—Huw Davies, author of Wellington’s Wars: The Making of a Military Genius
“This complete, yet accessible study of the greatest armies of the Revolutionary period—including the Ottoman and Spanish forces, which have been ignored so often previously—fills a major void in the historiography of the age of horse and musket.”—Joshua Moon, author of Wellington’s Two-Front War: The Peninsular Campaigns, at Home and Abroad, 1808–1814