Absolute War: Violence and Mass Warfare in the German Lands, 1792-1820

TitleAbsolute War: Violence and Mass Warfare in the German Lands, 1792-1820
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsHewitson, Mark
Number of Pages297
PublisherOxford University Press
CityNew York

This study reassesses the meaning of military conflict for the millions of German subjects who were directly implicated in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Based on a re-reading of contemporary diaries, letters, memoirs, official correspondence, press reports, pamphlets, treatises, plays, and cartoons, this volume refocuses attention on combat and conscription as the central components of new forms of mass warfare. It concentrates, in particular, on the impact of violence, killing, and death on many soldiers' and some civilians' experiences and subsequent memories of conflict. War has often been conceived of as 'an act of violence pushed to its utmost bounds', as Clausewitz put it, but the relationship between military conflicts and violent acts remains a problematic one. [WorldCat]

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