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Published: 09 February 2017

318 Pages


ISBN: 9780198787457

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Absolute War

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

Mark Hewitson

  • Revises existing accounts of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars in the German lands and how these conflicts were subsequently imagined and understood during peacetime
  • Compares combatant and civilian testimonies to show the part played by warfare in the transformation of German states and societies
  • Explores military violence as a key component of political and civilian violence in wider society, and of new forms of warfare
  • Investigates the relationship between soldiers' experiences of war and wider debates about military conflict, armies, and military policy during wartime and peacetime
  • Draws on accounts from contemporary diaries, letters, memoirs, official correspondence, press reports, pamphlets, treatises, plays, and cartoons