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Conserving the Enlightenment French Military Engineering from Vauban to the Revolution

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ISBN-10: 0262122588

ISBN-13: 9780262122580

Edition: 2003

Authors: Janis Langins, Jed Z. Buchwald

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The origins of modern engineering can be traced to France's Royal Corps of Engineering in the 18th century. Here Langins gives us a history of this prototypical technical bureaucracy, starting with the pivotal dispute on the respective merits of two methods of engineering military fortifications.
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Book details

List price: $13.75
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 11/7/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 568
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.2
Language: English

Janis Langins is a professor at the University of Toronto, affiliated with the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.

Jed Z. Buchwald is Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Professor of History at California Institute of Technology. He was previously director of the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at Massachusets Institute of Technology.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Setting
Early Modern Artillery Fortification
French Fortification in the Age of Vauban
Toward a Corps Royal du Genie
Life and Death in the Corps
Siegecraft
Desk Jobs
Crisis
Engineering and Its Discontents
Soldiers, Nobles, and Engineers
Thinking Wars
Science and Military Engineering
The Early Career of Marc-Rene, Marquis de Montalembert
The Challenge of Montalembert
The Response to Montalembert
Engineers and Revolution
Montalembert and the Engineers during the Revolution
The Conservative Art of Military Engineering in Old Regime France
Conclusions
Notes
Bibliography
Index