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Tango0124 Sep 2018 4:06 p.m. PST

… Lands, 1792–1820.

"In this first installment of a multivolume series[1] on war in modern German history, Mark Hewitson, Professor of German History and Politics (Univ. College London), argues that a firm grasp of how violent conflict was experienced, imagined, and remembered is critical to understanding the "transitions from and to civilized warfare in the German lands between the late eighteenth and mid-twentieth centuries" (10). He explains how war experiences and changing perceptions of violence affected contemporary attitudes and debates on warfare.

Absolute War is intended for students and scholars familiar with the many Napoleonic campaigns and their effects on various German states and their relations with the French Empire. Its five thematic chapters[2] rely primarily on the perceptions and accounts of elites—German military leaders, publicists, and educated professionals—to investigate the new forms and consequences of warfare that emerged after 1792 in France. These sources illustrate that the boundary between civilian and soldier became less distinct as the conflicts grew longer, costlier, and ever more threatening to states and civil societies…."
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