Napoleon's Men

Napoleon's Men

Author: Alan I. Forrest

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1852852690

Category: History

Page: 292

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Napoleon's soldiers marched across Europe from Lisbon to Moscow, and from Germany to Dalmatia. Many of the men, mostly conscripted by ballot, had never before been beyond their native village. What did they make of their extraordinary experiences, fighting battles thousands of miles form home, foraging for provisions or garrisoning town in hostile countries? What was it like to be a soldier in the revolutionary and imperial armies? We know more about these men and their reactions to war than about the soldiers of any previous army in history, not just from official sources but from the large number of personal letters they wrote. Napoleon's Men provides a direct insight into the experiences and emotions of soldiers who risked their lives at Austerlitz, Wagram and Borodino. Not surprisingly, their minds often dwelt as much on what was happening at home, and on mundane questions of food and drink, as on Napoleon himself or the glory of France.

Noble Volunteers

Noble Volunteers

Author: Don N. Hagist

Publisher:

ISBN: 1594163499

Category: History

Page: 392

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Redcoats. For Americans, the word brings to mind the occupying army that attempted to crush the Revolutionary War. There was more to these soldiers than their red uniforms, but the individuals who formed the ranks are seldom described in any detail in historical literature. In Noble Volunteers: The British Soldiers Who Fought the American Revolution, Don N. Hagist brings life to these soldiers, describing the training, experiences, and outcomes of British soldiers who fought during the Revolution. Drawing on thousands of military records and other primary sources in British, American, and Canadian archives, Noble Volunteers shows how a peacetime army responded to the onset of war, how professional soldiers adapted quickly and effectively to become tactically dominant, and what became of the thousands of career soldiers once the war was over. In this historical tour de force, introduced by Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson, Hagist dispels long-held myths, revealing how remarkably diverse British soldiers were.

Soldiers of Revolution

Soldiers of Revolution

Author: Mark Lause

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 9781788730549

Category: History

Page: 0

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How war gave birth to revolution in the 19th century The Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71 introduced new military technologies, transformed the organization of armies, and upset the continental balance of power, promulgating new regimented ideas of nationhood and conflict resolution more widely. However, the mass armies that became a new standard required mass mobilization and the arming of working people, who exercised a new power through both a German social democracy and popular insurgent French movements. As in the Russian Revolution of 1917, the Paris Commune of 1871 grew directly from the discontent among radicalized soldiers and civilians pressed into armed service on behalf of institutions they learned to mistrust. If this militarized class conflict, the brutality of the Commune's subsequent repression not only butchered the tens of thousands of Parisians but slaughtered an old utopian faith that appeals to reason and morality could resolve social tensions. War among nations became linked to revolution and revolution to armed struggle.

Military Music of the American Revolution

Military Music of the American Revolution

Author: Raoul F. Camus

Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press

ISBN: UCAL:B4324395

Category: Music

Page: 240

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This book correlates early American history during the Revolutionary War with the musical tradition of America. The growth and topics of American colonial and Revolutionary era music, especially in the military, are used as insight to military trends and American culture.

Soldier of the American Revolution: A Visual Reference

Soldier of the American Revolution: A Visual Reference

Author: Denis Hambucken

Publisher: The Countryman Press

ISBN: 9781581578461

Category: History

Page: 64

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The life of the average soldier at the onset of the American Revolution in words and photographs. In 1775, at the beginning of the American War of Independence, the men who stood up to the British Regulars were men and boys, farmers, laborers, and artisans. Most procured their own weapons and fought without pay against overwhelming odds. Th is book offers modern readers a colorful glimpse into the day-to-day conditions of an average soldier through photographs of actual artifacts and exacting, historically accurate reproductions of soldiers’ clothing, supplies, and equipment. While other books examine the American Revolution from a political, military, or tactical perspective, this book focuses on day-to-day life and the human experience of the Revolutionary War soldier, the everyman who fought and won freedom for us all.

The Military Revolution and the Trajectory of Spain: War, State and Society 1500-1700

The Military Revolution and the Trajectory of Spain: War, State and Society 1500-1700

Author: I.A.A. Thompson

Publisher: Paragon Publishing

ISBN: 9781782228011

Category: History

Page: 276

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I.A.A.Thompson, Emeritus Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, is the author of War and Government in Habsburg Spain, a seminal study of the impact of war on the development of the state in Spain in the 16th and 17th centuries. In this volume he reprints for an English readership ten essays examining the implications for government, the financial system and Spain’s position in Europe of the fundamental changes in the art and practice of war, both on land and at sea, that took place during this period. This “Military Revolution” has been one of the most contentious debates among historians for the last fifty years, but little attention has so far been paid to Spain itself, despite her predominance in Europe for much of the period. These essays are designed to correct that omission, and to assist in a fuller understanding both of the Military Revolution and of the strengths and weaknesses of the Spanish state.

Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina in the American Revolution

Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina in the American Revolution

Author: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution of North Carolina

Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Com

ISBN: 9780806300917

Category: History

Page: 709

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This work contains names of approximately 36,000 soldiers from North Carolina who served during the Revolution. Service records include such information as rank, company, date of enlistment or commission, period of service, combat experience, and whether captured, wounded, or killed.