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Napoleonic Foot Soldiers and Civilians
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By highlighting the experiences of common soldiers and civilians, this volume by Rafe Blaufarb and Claudia Liebeskind presents a broad view of the Napoleonic Wars not found in typical military histories. The introduction recounts the key events of the wars and how they marked a shift in the modern notion of "total war" and provides necessary political and military background on the issues of recruitment and evasion, the military community, combat and its aftermath, the homefront, and demobilization. The rich collection of memoirs, letters, and popular engravings -- from familiar sources such as German infantryman Jakob Walter to an account of a French woman canteen worker -- offers contrasting voices, some offered here in English for the first time. These documents and images explore core civil-military interactions, including foraging, plunder, sexuality, violence, eating, religion, and commerce. Headnotes to the documents, a chronology, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography provide pedagogical support.
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PART I: INTRODUCTION: AN AGE OF TOTAL WAR?.- PART II: THE DOCUMENTS .- General Marbot, Memoirs, 1844 .- Benjamin Harris, Recollections, 1848 .- Louis-Gabriel Montigny, Account of a Canteen Woman, 1833 .- French Intelligence Report on British India, 1807 .- Correspondence of William Lee, U.S. Consul in Bordeaux, 1806-9.- Popular Images of Napoleonic Warfare .- Giovani Patrizi, Memoirs, c.1817 .- Jakob Walter, Memoirs, c.1820-1840 .- Friederich Ludwig Burk, Diary, 1806-1816 .- Julie Pellizzone, Journal, 1813-1815.

About the Author

RAFE BLAUFARB Ben Weider Eminent Scholar Chair in Napoleonic History and the Director of the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution at Florida State University, USA. CLAUDIA LIEBESKIND Associate Professor of History at Florida State University, where she teaches world history, South Asian history, and the history of Islam.

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'This book brings to life a neglected aspect of warfare and does so in a way that will captivate undergraduates' - Stephen Miller, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA 'The introductory essay gives a solid overview of human experiences during the Napoleonic Wars. Sections on recruitment and evasion, military community, combat, and homefront provide appropriate historical context and background information for students, allowing for a more educated examination and comparison of memoirs' - Alexander Mikaberidze, Louisiana State University, USA 'This volume is a highly useful and well-balanced collection of soldier and civilian accounts of war and occupation during the Napoleonic period' - Robert Lewis, Grinnell College, USA

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