Conscription in the Napoleonic Era: A Revolution in Military by Donald Stoker

By Donald Stoker

This edited quantity explores conscription within the Napoleonic period, tracing the roots of eu conscription and exploring the various equipment that states used to acquire the manpower they had to prosecute their wars. The lev?e-en-masse of the French Revolution has frequently been mentioned as a ‘Revolution in army Affairs’, yet used to be it really a ‘revolutionary’ holiday with earlier ecu practices of elevating armies, or an intensification of the scope and scale of practices already inherent within the ecu army procedure? This overseas number of students reveal that eu conscription has a long way deeper roots than has been formerly said, and that its intensification through the Napoleonic period used to be extra an ‘evolutionary’ than ‘revolutionary’ switch. This e-book might be of a lot curiosity to scholars of army historical past, Strategic reports, Strategic historical past and eu historical past.

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48–9. 16 The term conscript (conscrit) refers to all men in a military-age class that have reached the age of eligibility, usually 20. Its use is not restricted to those who have actually been inducted into active-duty service. 17 Moody, “Military Conscription,” pp. 49–50. 18 Alan Forrest, Conscripts and Deserters (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989), p. 193; Woloch, “Napoleonic Conscription,” p. 107. 19 Napoleon to Fouché, 24 April 1805, no. 86, X, 426; Napoleon to Fouché, 15 December 1806, no.

48–9. 16 The term conscript (conscrit) refers to all men in a military-age class that have reached the age of eligibility, usually 20. Its use is not restricted to those who have actually been inducted into active-duty service. 17 Moody, “Military Conscription,” pp. 49–50. 18 Alan Forrest, Conscripts and Deserters (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989), p. 193; Woloch, “Napoleonic Conscription,” p. 107. 19 Napoleon to Fouché, 24 April 1805, no. 86, X, 426; Napoleon to Fouché, 15 December 1806, no.

While Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, as professional soldiers, understandably and justifiably wanted the people’s war centred around the regular army as a firm backbone, it is nevertheless obvious that their vision went well beyond a movement heavily regulated from the top, a mere expansion of the army’s manpower basis. Their proposals for national insurrection were nothing less than revolutionary for Prussia. ” In principle, he agreed that Prussia should choose a desperate fight rather than accept permanent subjugation.

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