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Romanticism and War

A Study of British Romantic Period Writers and the Napoleonic Wars

Romanticism and War by J. R. Watson
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Much attention has been paid to the ways in which British Romantic-period
writers responded to the French Revolution. Less attention has been paid to the long wars which followed, from 1792 to 1815. This book discusses the ways in which those wars were preceived by those who lived through them and wrote about them: writers such as Scott, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and others. It is also concerned with the way in which war has been more generally perceived, by writers, moralists and soldiers. Among the writers discussed are William Napier and Carl von Clausewitz, both of whom fought in the Napoleonic wars, and whose writings stand beside those of the poets and novelists, helping to condition ways of thinking about war in general. The perceptions of the Romantic period can be seen to have dominated the thinking about war until the First World War.
Palgrave Macmillan; September 2003
265 pages; ISBN 9780230514539
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Title: Romanticism and War
Author: J. R. Watson