The Army of the Republic: New Warfare and a New Army

  • Annie Crépin
Part of the War, Culture and Society, 1750–1850 book series (WCS)


The French Revolution, in its struggle to survive, charted the historical course that forged the trinity of army, nation, and republic. It was a development unforeseen by the revolutionaries, who had no preconceived plan for these matters. The war hastened the coming of the Republic, but the survival of the Republic, both as a regime and even more as a model, came to depend upon military success. A circular phenomenon was at work—a new form of warfare, which the Revolution itself produced before being radicalized by it, brought into being a new army, which in turn altered the conduct and character of the war, though without necessarily leading to a military revolution.


Military Service Active Citizen French Revolution National Guard French Nation 
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