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The French Revolutionary Warsby Fremont-barnes
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A concise and nicely illustrated overview of the series of conflicts known as the French Revolutionary wars, fought between 1792 and 1802, which forever changed the shape of the Western world. In challenging the political legitimacy of the gime/>, the revolutionaries laid the foundations for the widespread acceptance of democratic, representative, and constitutional rule. In addition, the wars revolutionized war itself, with the use of light troops, the deployment of armies by corps and divisions, and the use of concentration both tactically and strategically to bring maximum force to bear on a weaker opponent. The author is associated with Kobe U. (Japan).
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Europe's great powers formed two powerful coalitions against France, yet force of numbers, superior leadership, and the patriotic fervor of France's citizen-soldiers not only defeated each in turn, but closed the era of small, professional armies fighting for limited political objectives. This book chronicles the period that produced commanders such as Napoleon and Nelson, whose names remain by-words for excellence to this day. From Italy to Egypt, this work shows how Napoleon demonstrated his strategic genius and mastery of tactics in battles including Rivoli, the Pyramids and Marengo. It also demonstrates how Nelson's spectacular sea victories at the Nile and Copenhagen were foretastes of a century of British naval supremacy.
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