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War, Revolution, and the Bureaucratic StatePolitics and Army Administration in France, 1791–1799$
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Colin Burrow

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205425

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205425.001.0001

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Controlling the Army

Controlling the Army

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(p.124) 5 Controlling the Army
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War, Revolution, and the Bureaucratic State
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Howard G. Brown

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205425.003.0006

This chapter examines the government's strategies for controlling the army during the French Revolution. During this period, the army had acquired enormous prestige which could be exploited by generals inclined to share in political power. To prevent this, the National Convention centralized direction of strategy, consolidated organizational changes, improved the government's knowledge of unit composition and location, and enhanced the effectiveness of special services. In central military administration, political means of control were replaced by technical ones which contributed to bureaucratic expansion and formal rationalization.

Keywords:   military control, military administration, French Revolution, National Convention, France, political history

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