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Author Forrest, Alan I.

Title Conscripts and deserters : the army and French society during the Revolution and Empire / Alan Forrest
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1989
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 294 pages) : illustrations
Contents The problem and its context -- The weight of military recruitment -- The extent of evasion -- The roots of resistance -- The deserter and civilian society -- Desertion and criminality -- Desertion and counterrevolution -- Desertion and the French armies -- The build-up of state repression -- Desertion, the state, and the people
Summary Between the outbreak of war with Austria in 1792 and Napoleon's final debacle in 1814, France remained almost continously at war, recruiting in the process some two to three million frenchmen--a level of recruitment unknown to previous generations and widely resented as an attack on the liberties of rural communities. Forrest challenges the notion of a nation heroically rushing to arms by examining the massive rates of desertion and avoidance of service as well as their consequences on French society--on military campaigns and the morale of armies, on political opinion at home, on the social f
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-289)
Notes Print version record
Subject France. Armée -- History -- Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815
France. Armée -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799
France. Armée -- Recruiting, enlistment, etc.
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Desertions -- France.
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Draft resisters -- France.
France -- History, Military -- 1789-1815.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 88034568
ISBN 0195363124 (electronic bk.)
9780195363128 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Déserteurs et insoumis sous la Révolution et l'Empire. English