Popular Resistance in the French Wars

Patriots, Partisans and Land Pirates

  • Charles J. Esdaile

About this book


In the Napoleonic period warfare ceased to be a matter for armies alone, but also became an affair of the people. So, at least, runs the usual claim. In Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany and Russia outraged peasants and townsfolk rose against the French armies and fell upon them without mercy. From these insurrections we get the modern word 'guerrilla', but did armed civilians really play an important a role in the struggle? In this collection of essays a group of specialists on the Napoleonic epoch tease out the question, and arrive at some startling conclusions.


Europe Napoleon Russia Spain

Editors and affiliations

  • Charles J. Esdaile
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LiverpoolUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2005
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-51933-0
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-52299-2
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