The Wars of the French Revolution and Napoleon, 1792–1815
Routledge – 2005 – 280 pages
Series: Warfare and History
Written by an experienced author and expert in the field, Wars of the French Revolution and Napoleon, 1792-1815 provides a thorough re-examination of the crucial period in the history of France for students of history and military studies.
Based on extensive research, and including twenty detailed maps, this study is unique in its focus on the wars of both the French Revolution and Napoleon. Owen Connelly expertly analyzes them both to provide a broader context for warfare.
Examining the causes of the wars, and how the practices of warfare during this period were to influence mode of combat throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Connelly also establishes trends discernable in the First and Second World Wars and examines key issues including:
* the impact of the population explosion on armies and war
* the legacy of the ancient regime impact on revolutionary armies
* the impact of the Revolution on leadership, strategy, organization and weaponry
* Was Napoleon’s leadership style unique, or could another have played his role?
* contributions from the governments of the early Revolution, the Terror, the Directory and the Napoleonic regime
* What did twenty-three successive years of war accomplish?
* Was this era a turning point in the history of warfare?
1. The French Military and Its Enemies/ The Revolution Begins 2. The Revolution And War: First campaigns, 1789-1793 3. The Terror: Politics and army reform, 1793-1794 4. The Terror and War, July 1793-July 1794 5. The Government of Thermidor and Establishment of the Directory, July 1794-October 1795 6. War in Italy and Germany, 1796-1797 7. Egypt and the Coup D'état de Brumaire, 1798-1799 8. Marengo and the Grande Armée (1800-1805) 9. Subduing the European Powers: Austerlitz-jena-auerstädt- Friedland, 1805-1807 10. "That Miserable Spanish Affair": The peninsular war, 1808-1813 11. The Wagram Campaign, 1809 12. The Russian Campaign, 1812 13. Campaigns of Germany and France, 1813-1814 14. The Hundred Days and Waterloo, 1815 15. Conclusions
Owen Connelly is McKissick Dial Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, as well as being a Director of the Consortium on Revolutionary Europe. He is the author of ten books, including Napoleon’s Satellite Kingdoms (third edition, 1990), The French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era (third edition, 1999), Blundering on to Glory: Napoleon’s Military Campaigns (second edition, 1999) and On War and Leadership: The Words of Combat Commanders from Frederick the Great to Norman Schwarzkopf (2002).