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Civilians and War in Europe, 1618–1815

Erica Charters, Eve Rosenhaft, and Hannah Smith


This book examines the relationship between civilians and warfare from the start of the Thirty Years War to the end of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. It interrogates received narratives of warfare that identify the development of modern ‘total’ war with the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and instead considers the continuities and transformations in warfare over the course of 200 years. The book examines prisoners of war, the cultures of plunder, the tensions of billeting, and war-time atrocities throughout England, France, Spain, and the German territories. It also explores ... More

Keywords: Revolutionary Wars, Napoleonic Wars, total war, prisoners, plunder, billeting, war-time atrocities, war conduct, civilians, soldiers

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9781846317118
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317699


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erica Charters, editor

Eve Rosenhaft, editor

Hannah Smith, editor

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Erica Charters, Eve Rosenhaft and Hannah Smith

Part I Suffering, Reconciliation and Values in the Seventeenth Century

Part II The State, Soldiers and Civilians

Part III Who is a Civilian? Who is a Soldier?

Part IV Contradictions of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

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