First Total War Napoleon's Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It

ISBN-10: 0618919813
ISBN-13: 9780618919819
Edition: 2007
Authors: David A. Bell
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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 1/16/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

The twentieth century is usually seen as "the century of total war," but as historian David Bell argues in this landmark work, the phenomenon actually began much earlier, in the age of Napoleon. Bell takes us from campaigns of "extermination" in the blood-soaked fields of western France to savage street fighting in ruined Spanish cities to central European battlefields where tens of thousands died in a single day. Between 1792 and 1815, Europe plunged into an abyss of destruction, and our modern attitudes toward war were born. Ever since, the dream of perpetual peace and the nightmare of total war have been bound tightly together in the Western world-where "wars of liberation," such as the one in Iraq, can degenerate into gruesome guerrilla conflict. With a historian's keen insight and a journalist's flair for detail, Bell exposes the surprising parallels between Napoleon's day and our own in a book that is as timely and important as it is unforgettable.

David A. Bell is Professor of History, Princeton University.

Maps and Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Officers, Gentlemen, and Poets
Conscience, Commerce, and History
Declaring Peace; Declaring War
The Last Crusade
The Exterminating Angels
The Lure of the Eagle
Days of Glory
War's Red Altar
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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