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    DescriptionThe twentieth century is usually seen as ?the century of total war,” but as the historian David Bell argues in this landmark work, the phenomenon actually began much earlier, in the age of Napoleon. Bell takes us from campaigns of ?extermination” in the blood-soaked fields of western France to savage street fighting in ruined Spanish cities to central European battlefields where tens of thousands died in a single day. Between 1792 and 1815, Europe plunged into an abyss of destruction, and our modern attitudes toward war were born. Ever since, the dream of perpetual peace and the nightmare of total war have been bound tightly together in the Western world?where ?wars of liberation,” such as the one in Iraq, can degenerate into gruesome guerrilla conflict. With a historian’s keen insight and a journalist’s flair for detail, Bell exposes the surprising parallels between Napoleon’s day and our own in a book that is as timely and important as it is unforgettable.

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    The First Total War
    Napoleon's Europe and the Birth of Warfare as We Know It
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Professor David A Bell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 420
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    ISBN 13: 9780618919819
    ISBN 10: 0618919813

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBW
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    DC21: 940.27
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ERLY18
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    DC22: 940.27
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET050
    Ingram Theme: CULT/FRANCE
    B&T Approval Code: A44093000, A15200300
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 940.2/7
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    LC classification: DC202.1 .B39 2008
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: NHW
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations, maps
    Mariner Books
    Imprint name
    Mariner Books
    Publication date
    16 January 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    " A mesmerizing account that illuminates not just the Napoleonic wars but all of modern history… it reads like a novel." --Lynn Hunt, Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History, UCLA