The Concept of `Total War' in the Revolutionary—Napoleonic Period

  title={The Concept of `Total War' in the Revolutionary—Napoleonic Period},
  author={Michael Broers},
  journal={War in History},
  pages={247 - 268}
  • M. Broers
  • Published 1 July 2008
  • History
  • War in History
The use of the term `total war' with reference to pre-twentieth-century military conflicts has become a matter of some urgency and controversy amid nineteenth-century historians. It has been made all the more so for Napoleonic scholars by the recent appearance of David Bell's thought-provoking book The First Total War. The article attempts to counter and nuance some of Bell's major claims for the applicability of the term, through a discussion of its pertinence to the ideological and political… 
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