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DAVIES Brian, Empire and Military Revolution in Eastern Europe: Russia's Turkish Wars in the Eighteenth Century


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In terms of resource mobilization and devastation the wars between Russia, the Crimean Khanate and the Ottoman Empire were some of the largest of the eighteenth century, and had enormous consequences for the balance of power in Eastern Europe.
 
Brian Davies examines how these conflicts characterized the course of Russian military development in response to Ottoman and Crimean Tatar threats and to determine under what circumstances and in what ways Russian military power experienced a "revolution" awarding it clear preponderance over the Ottoman-Crimean system.
 
A central part of Davies' argument is that identifying and explaining a Military Revolution must involve examining the role of factors not purely military. One must look not only at new military technology, new force and command structure, new tactical thinking, and new recruitment and military finance practices but also consider the impact of larger demographic, economic, and sociopolitical changes.

Place and publisher: London: Bloomsbury

Date of publication: 2013

Number of pages: 384



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"There is no sacrifice, not even that of life, which I am not ready to make for the interests of France.” With those words, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated the throne of his French Empire on 11 April 1814. After the disastrous retreat of his Grande Armée from Russia with heavy losses and the invasion of France by Allied troops, his generals revolted and forced his abdication at Fontainebleau. Napoleon was sent into exile to the island of Elba, off the coast of Italy. It would be impossible for someone who had crowned himself emperor and dominated almost all of Europe for many years to accept such a sedate and quiet retirement at the age of just 45. The remarkable sequence of events that saw Napoleon escape from Elba, return triumphantly to Paris and finally meet his destiny at Waterloo were to become known as The Hundred Days — and that is where we pick up the trail in this title of the Let's Trail series. You can visit Elba or journey within France to Antibes, Grenoble and/or Paris. You may visit Belgium where you will the see the battlefield of Waterloo and relive these events all the time travelling in Napoleon's footsteps.
 


Place and publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 132

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In the centre of Mantua, a covered bridge stretches over the narrow Rio where vendors sell fish from pushcarts just as locals did more than two hundred years ago when Napoleon Bonaparte laid siege to the city. Four cannon balls protruding out of an adjacent wall offer a tacit monument to the sufferings of townspeople during the 1796–1797 siege, when the city, held by Austrian troops, finally fell under French control. Two years later, Mantua was again barraged, this time by a combined Austrian and Russian army, which took it back after four months. In Napoleon in Italy, Phillip R. Cuccia brings to light two understudied aspects of these trying periods in Mantua's history: siege warfare and the conditions it created inside the city.
 
Drawing on underutilized military records in Austrian, French, and Italian archives, Cuccia delves into these conflicts to integrate political and social issues with a campaign study. Unlike other military histories of the era, Napoleon in Italy brings to light the words of soldiers, leaders, and citizens who experienced the sieges firsthand. Cuccia also shows how the sieges had consequences long after they were over. The surrender and proposed court-martial of François-Philippe de Foissac-Latour, the French general in charge of Mantua in 1799, sheds new light on Napoleon's disdain for defeat. Foissac-Latour faced Napoleon's ire, expulsion from the army, and harsh public criticism.
 
Napoleon in Italy is not only the story of Mantua's strategic importance. Mantua also symbolized Napoleon's voracious determination to win and Austria's desperation to retain its possessions. By placing the sieges of Mantua in an eighteenth-century international context, Cuccia introduces readers to a broader understanding of siege warfare and of how the global impacts the local.

 
Phillip R. Cuccia is a U.S. Army Attaché in Rome. His article, "Controlling the Archives: The Requisition, Removal, and Return of the Vatican Archives during the Age of Napoleon", appeared in Napoleonica.La Revue in 2013.  




Place and publisher: Norman: University of Oklahoma Press

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 328


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