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Nationalizing Military Supply

Howard G. Brown

in War, Revolution, and the Bureaucratic State

Published in print September 1993 | ISBN: 9780198205425
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676628 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205425.003.0005
Nationalizing Military Supply

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This chapter examines the changes in military supply administration in France during the French Revolution. The analysis reveals the relative importance of military and political factors in the state's progress towards a nationalized and over-centralized supply administration. This chapter suggests that centralization and rationalization were natural by-products of modernization and that they facilitated a more efficient transfer of resources from civilian to military ends. This process led to the growth in state elites' control over all aspects of military administration during the period between 1792 and 1794.

Keywords: military supply; France; French Revolution; supply administration; military logistics; elites; military administration; centralization; rationalization

Chapter.  11366 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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