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The French Revolutionary Wars, 1787-1802 (Modern Wars) [Paperback]

T. C. W. Blanning
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March 29, 1996 0340569115 978-0340569115 0
This important new study offers an in-depth analysis of the military and political progress of the Revolutionary armies, paying special attention to the legacy of the old regime, the remarkable resilience displayed by the old regime powers, the reasons for the revolutionaries' success on land--and the reasons for their failure at sea.

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"...a superb work of historiography. Far more ambitious than its modest title suggests, it is a history of the French Revolution as well as a military and diplomatic history of Europe from 1787 to 1802....this book is more than a tour de force of erudition. It is a richly textured, engaging narrative punctuated by cogent, often brilliant analysis."--France Review of Books

About the Author

T. C. W. Blanning, Professor of Modern European History, Cambridge University.

Product Details

  • Series: Modern Wars
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Education Publishers (March 29, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340569115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340569115
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars good account of sometimes overlooked wars June 21, 2007
The wars between Revolutionary France and the other European states before the Peace of Amiens are sometimes neglected compared to the succeeding Napoleonic Wars. This book provides a good account of these wars and explains lucidly the connection between events in western and eastern Europe. The author also shows how the book both arose from domestic French politics and helped shape them. What I found particularly interesting was the sagacity of Robespierre - his comments about "No-one loves armed missionaries" and "You cannot export liberty at bayonet point" take on extra significance when one considers recent events in Iraq. The way in which wartime necessities were used to justify suppression of political and personal liberties also has an awful contemporary resonance. For anyone wanting a brief and readable account of these wars this is as far as I know the only one available. One complaint I would have is that the author could have used better maps, but this does not detract from what is an excellent account which all students of the period could benefit from reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book December 11, 2009
This is an excellent book on the French revolution. I find myself using it often as a reference book. The chapter on the causes of the revolution, is very illuminating. I found the discussion of the Austrian and Prussian response to the revolution, and the reasons thereof, very well presented. Overall, a very good book.
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This book is an excellent history of the French Revolutionary Wars and the only one in English I have found which has been published in the last 40 or 50 years. The only criticism I would make it the lack of battle maps and descriptions, looking at the wars from a more strategic perspective.
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