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

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ISBN-10: 0618919813

ISBN-13: 9780618919819

Edition: 2007

Authors: David A. Bell

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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…    
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/16/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.56" wide x 8.63" long x 1.05" tall
Weight: 1.672
Language: English

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

Maps and Illustrations
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