This work is primarily an explicitly detailed yet readable account of the Franco-Austrian War of 1809, which is considered Napoleon's last successful major campaign. Against this background, a Napoleonic scholar Epstein advances the theme that this campaign was most notable in that it marked a major turning point in the evolution of warfare. For the first time, massive armies, bulked by large-scale conscription and formed into army corps, were able to operate independently under a broad strategic plan across multiple theaters of operation. With the armies thus facing off, "modern warfare" began to take form. Highly recommended for large public and academic libraries and military science collections everywhere.
Napoleon's Last Victory and the Emergence of Modern War
1994 University Press of Kansas