War, Demobilization and Memory: The Legacy of War in the Era of Atlantic Revolutions


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The years from 1770 to 1830 were scarred by war throughout the Atlantic world. These were wars about empire and global hegemony, as well as struggles of liberation and decolonization. During the era of Atlantic Revolutions the Atlantic became a highway for exchange not only of peoples and commodities, but also of ideas and cultural practices. New forms of mass warfare, for which patriotic-national propaganda mobilized soldiers and civilians alike, characterized these conflicts in Europe and the Americas. The contributors to this volume, all established experts in their field, examine the processes of military, economic, political, social and cultural demobilization after these wars, not only by states but also by local communities and individuals, and explore the long-term legacy of these conflicts. They discuss how their aftermath influenced politics, society and culture, including the gender order, and ask what shaped the contested and changing memories of these wars in the decades that followed.


Foreword of the Series
Notes on Contributors
List of Illustrations, Figures, Graphs and Maps
List of Abbreviations

Part I   Rethinking War and Postwar: The Legacy of Conflict in the Era
of Atlantic Revolutions

  1. Introduction: War, Demobilization and Memory in the Era of Atlantic Revolutions
    Alan Forrest, Karen Hagemann and Michael Rowe
  2. The Birth of Militarism in the Age of Democratic Revolutions
    David A. Bell

Part II Peace Making, Occupation and Military Demobilization

  1. Making Peace: The Allied Occupation of France, 1815–1818
    Christine Haynes
  2. The Experience of Demobilization: War Veterans in the Central European Armies and Societies after 1815
    Leighton S. James
  3. War, Economy and Utopianism: Russia after the Napoleonic Era
    Janet M. Hartley
  4. Arms for Revolutions: Military Demobilization after the Napoleonic Wars and Latin American Independence
    Rafe Blaufarb

Part III   The Aftermath of War in Politics and Political Culture

  1. North Carolina and the New Nation: Reconstruction and Reconciliation Efforts in the 1780s
    John R. Maass
  2. The Issue of Citizenship: Jews, Germans and the Contested Legacy of the Napoleonic Wars
    Michael Rowe
  3. The Costs of War: The Impact of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars on Postwar Politics in Italy
    John A. Davis
  4. The Challenges of Peace: The High Politics of Postwar Reconstruction in Britain, 1815–1830
    John Bew
  5. The Gender Order of Postwar Politics: Comparing Spanish South America and Spain, 1810s–1850s
    Catherine Davies

Part IV   Restoring Postwar Economies and Reordering Societies

  1. Remembering and Restoring the Economic Ancien Régime: France and its Colonies, 1815–1830
    David Todd
  2. Postwar Cities: The Cost of the Wars of 1813–1815 on Society in Hamburg and Leipzig
    Katherine B. Aaslestad
  3. Rewarding Loyalty after the Wars of Independence in Spanish America: Displaced Bureaucrats in Cuba
    Sarah C. Chambers
  4. Enterprising Women and War Profiteers: Race, Gender and Power in the Revolutionary Caribbean
    Kit Candlin and Cassandra Pybus

Part V   Postwar Cultures and Contested War Memories

  1. Seductive Sedition: New Hampshire Loyalists’ Experiences and Memories of the American Revolutionary Wars
    Gregory T. Knouff
  2. Moscow after Napoleon: Reconciliation, Rebuilding, and Contested Memories
    Alexander M. Martin
  3. Creating Cultural Difference: The Military, Political and Cultural Legacy of the Anglo-American War of 1812–1815
    Andrew Lambert
  4. Creating National Heroes: Simón Bolívar and the Memories of the Spanish American Wars of Independence
    Matthew Brown
  5. Celebration, Contestation and Commemoration: The Battle of Leipzig in German Memories of the Anti-Napoleonic Wars
    Karen Hagemann
  6. Contrasting Memories: Remembering Waterloo in France and Britain
    Alan Forrest


  1. Atlantic Revolutions, Imperial Wars, Post-Napoleonic Legacies, and Postcolonial Studies
    Lloyd Kramer




James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor; Adjunct Professor of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense