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Presenting a significant new interpretation of Napoleonic warfare, Robert M. Epstein argues persuasively that the true origins of modern war can be found in the Franco-Austrian War of 1809.

Epstein contends that the 1809 war—with its massive and evenly matched armies, multiple theaters of operation, new command-and-control schemes, increased firepower, frequent stalemates, and large-scale slaughter—had more in common with the American Civil War and subsequent conflicts than with the decisive Napoleonic campaigns that preceded it.

Epstein examines 1809 in terms of the evolving new systems of recruitment, organization, and command used by both sides. As he shows, this was the first time that two states confronted each other on the battlefield with armies created by large-scale conscription, organized in corps, and coordinated along two major theaters of operation (Danubian and Italian). As a result, the opponents were forced into "distributed maneuvers" that produced broad operational fronts in which battles became both sequential and simultaneous, but ultimately indecisive.

Ironically, as Epstein points out, neither Napoleon nor the opposing commander Archduke Charles ever fully understood that a paradigm shift had occurred in the conduct of war. Regardless, after 1809, warfare would never be the same.

Synopsis:

"An impressive contribution to Napoleonic scholarship and to the study of modern military history as well. Highly recommended". — Choice. "A clear and convincing argument that modern war began with the Franco-Austrian War. This book is a delight to read and puts forth an interesting perspective of warfare". — Army.

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Epstein argues that the true origins of modern war can be found in the Franco-Austrian War of 1809. He examines 1809 in terms of the evolving systems of recruitment, organization, and command used by both sides.

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The book has been recommended as a selection of the History Book Club.

Table of Contents

List of Maps

Key to Symbols

Foreword

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

2. The Transformation of Warfare

3. Armies for Germany

4. Armies for Italy

5. War along the Danube

6. Crisis in Italy

7. Victory in Italy

8. The March on Vienna and the Battle of Aspern-Essling

9. Junction

10. The Wagram Campaign: The First Phase

11. The Wagram Campaign: The Second Phase

12. The Emergence of Modern War

Appendix A: Terms Used in the Text

Appendix B: French Order of Battle

Appendix C: Austrian Order of Battle

Appendix D: Note on Ranks of General Officers

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780700607518
Foreword:
Weigley, Russell Frank
Author:
Weigley, Russell F.
Foreword by:
Weigley, Russell Frank
Foreword:
Weigley, Russell Frank
Author:
Epstein, Robert M.
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Military - Napoleonic Wars
Subject:
Europe - General
Subject:
Military art and science
Subject:
Napoleon
Subject:
World History-Napoleon
Subject:
Military-General History
Subject:
Military - Other
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Modern War Studies Paperback
Publication Date:
19940631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9.00x6.02x.60 in. .69 lbs.

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Product details 232 pages University Press of Kansas - English 9780700607518 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "An impressive contribution to Napoleonic scholarship and to the study of modern military history as well. Highly recommended". — Choice. "A clear and convincing argument that modern war began with the Franco-Austrian War. This book is a delight to read and puts forth an interesting perspective of warfare". — Army.
"Synopsis" by , Epstein argues that the true origins of modern war can be found in the Franco-Austrian War of 1809. He examines 1809 in terms of the evolving systems of recruitment, organization, and command used by both sides.
"Synopsis" by , The book has been recommended as a selection of the History Book Club.
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