Controlling the Army

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:
Controlling the Army

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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

Chapter.  11359 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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