By Patrick J. Conge
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In so doing, I rely primarily on secondary works, as revolutionary events in France, Iran, and Nicaragua are documented sufficiently to allow me to illustrate similarities. Indeed, the challenge throughout is to avoid too much detail and thereby obscure the conceptual objectives of the book. As for its breadth, the material surveyed represents a fair sample of the work completed on each case. Most important, the historical accounts to come are informed less by points of controversy among researchers than by points of general agreement.
In sum, by its very nature, revolution can have a tremendous impact not only on the lives of participants but on the course of history. The same is certainly true of war. The challenge now is to specify the role played by revolution in the onset and course of warfare between states. CHAPTER 3 The Path from Revolution to War The price in misery and ruin is almost always high when revolution leads to war. Where do we tum to understand? The search for clues should focus initially on the origins of wars in general.
Military hostilities began the following week with a French move into Belgium. On May 21, 1792, the Prussians declared war against France. By early 1793, the French 41 42 From Revolution to War had declared war against Great Britain, the Dutch Republic, and Spain. Thus was completed the first coalition of revolutionary enemies. The French army was certainly weakened as a result of the revolution. Military officers of the royal army either emigrated or were purged. Over half, perhaps as many as two-thirds, of the officers had emigrated by 1792 (Brinton 1963, 100; Rude 1965, 205).