This book explores the impact of war on civilians as ‘victims’ of armed conflict, focusing on the Thirty Years War as well as the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars that took place between 1618 and 1815. The book also focuses on civilians as active agents in situations of conflict and their role in a ‘war effort’. In particular, it examines the status of the conflict of 1792 to 1815 as ‘total war’ and deconstructs modern assumptions about total war. The book considers the relationship between civilians and soldiers, and challenges accepted notions about the chronology and development of early modern and modern warfare. It also explains how contemporary military conflicts influenced Hugo Grotius's arguments for restraint in warfare, looks at insurgents and counter-insurgents who wreaked havoc in Europe, and analyses the ambiguities and varieties of civilian–military relations during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.
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