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By Thomas Hippler

This e-book examines the construction of ‘national armies’ via obligatory army carrier in France and Prussia in the course of the French Revolution and the Prussian Reform interval.


The French Revolution attempted to set up army and political constructions within which the militia and society might merge. with a purpose to make sure that the military might by no means turn into a way of oppression opposed to the folk, the complete inhabitants should still therefore ‘be’ the military. Defeated via the big army power that those new political settings had unchained in France, Prussia tailored the French concepts to its personal wishes, hence laying the root for its contributions to the victories of the coalition troops in 1813-15.


Conscription had implications that went past the basically army sphere and concerned assumptions concerning the nature of the country and its courting to its electorate. It used to be the fabric foundation of Napoleon’s campaigns and of the German ‘wars of nationwide liberation’ of 1813-15, ahead of turning into a cornerstone of the Prussian Reforms and the production of a civil society ‘from above’. army provider has for that reason been the most crucial and contradictory associations of the fashionable countryside.


Citizens, squaddies and nationwide Armies may be of curiosity to historians of recent Europe, army historians and scholars of highbrow background ordinarily.

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