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War, Revolution, and the Bureaucratic StatePolitics and Army Administration in France, 1791–1799$
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Colin Burrow

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205425

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205425.001.0001

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Nationalizing Military Supply

Nationalizing Military Supply

(p.98) 4 Nationalizing Military Supply
War, Revolution, and the Bureaucratic State

Howard G. Brown

Oxford University Press

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

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