The Crench Revolution And The French Revolution

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The French Revolution (1789) introduced great social and political changes. In the European warfare it incorporated significant changes; rather than monarch against monarch, war became a fight between nations, namely nationalism. Intense nationalism influenced citizens to accept great personal sacrifice, included military service, for the commitments and objectives of the State. The Napoleonic model, epitomized in the writings of Jomini and Clausewitz, masterly managed the rise of nationalism to succeed in warfare. Perfectly applied the Clausewitz’s trinity: “the first of these three as¬pects [violence] mainly concerns the peo¬ple; the second [chance] the commander and his army; the third [rational purpose] the government.” In the advent of the First World War (WWI), the huge increase of the European industries supposed a vast growth in iron and steel production. Moreover, the technological advances in explosive shells and artillery, the improvements in communications, and the steady professionalization of armies and their leaders posed radical changes to the character of war. Although firepower and technology contribute to the carnage and the calamitous number of fatalities, the nature of the war continued unchanged. The interwar period, military strategists sought to find an approach that would avoid a repetition of the bloody trench stalemate in the First World War. Many of them recognized the potential of armored warfare. J.F.C. Fuller claimed that the tank could

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