This volume investigates a critical moment in the history of warfare. It assembles historians of the early modern and modern eras to speak to one another across the great historiographical divide that has traditionally separated them. The central questions in the volume have to do with the historical place of revolutionary warfare on both sides of the Atlantic - the degree to which they extended practices common in the eighteenth century or introduced fundamentally new forms of warfare. Among the topics covered in the volume are the global dimensions of warfare, logistics, universal military service and the mobilization of noncombatants, occupation, and the impact of war on civilian life in both Europe and North America.
Roger Chickering is Professor of History at the BMW Center for German and European Studies, Georgetown University. His recent publications include The Great War and Urban Life in Germany: Freiburg, 1914-1918 (2007) and A World at Total War: Global Conflict and the Politics of Destruction, 1937-1945, co-edited with Stig Forster and Bernd Grenier. Stig Forster is Professor of General Modern History at the University of Bern and has also taught at the University of Augsburg and held research fellowships at the German Historical Institutes in London and Washington D.C. His most recent publications include Der doppelte Militarismus. Die deutsche Heeresrustungspolitik zwischen Status-quo-Sicherung und Aggression, 1890-1913 (1985) and Die machtigen Diener der East India Company. Ursachen und Hintergrunde der britischen Expansionspolitik in Sudasien, 1793-1819 (1992).