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Author Hayworth, Jordan R., 1988- author
Title Revolutionary France's war of conquest in the Rhineland : conquering the natural frontier, 1792-1797 / Jordan R. Hayworth
Imprint Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2019
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  DD801.R682 H427 2019    IN PROCESS    30530001336379
Descript xviii, 340 pages : map ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Cambridge military histories
Cambridge military histories
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
"In May 1790, the French National Assembly renounced wars of conquest. Two years later, France declared war on Austria and invaded Belgium and the Rhineland, claiming it was to spread the benefits of the Revolution. Soon, however, military and economic crises drove a shift in the nature of France's war effort. What started as a war for liberty became a war for conquest, one that brought devastating exploitation to the Rhineland. It was during this time that French foreign policy became influenced by the idea of attaining the natural frontiers - the Alps, the Pyrenees, and, most significantly, the Rhine. Although often portrayed as a diplomatic tradition of the French monarchy, Jordan R. Hayworth shows how the natural frontiers policy was born during the Revolution. In addition, he examines the intense and consequential debates that arose over the policy, which caused much confusion in the war and helped to undermine France's democratic experiment"-- Provided by publisher
"A small commune in northern France approximately five-miles south of the Belgian border, Wattignies was usually a quiet place, surrounded by verdant farmland and forests with the occasional hill. Between 15 and 16 October 1793, however, the peaceful calm was broken by a ferocious battle that took the lives of perhaps as many as 8,000 French and Allied soldiers. In a different manner, the quiet was disturbed yet again on 27 October 1895 when a formal ceremony was held to celebrate the town's adoption of the name "Wattignies-la-Victoire," commemorating the battle that occurred there during the French Revolutionary Wars"-- Provided by publisher
The Ancien RĂ©gime -- The Brissotin crusade for war -- War, conquest, and disaster -- The organization of victory -- The Thermidorean republic -- The Directory's war -- A shattered army -- The generals' war
Subject Rhineland (Germany) -- History -- French occupation, 1792-1801
France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Occupied territories
France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Influence
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