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Conserving the Enlightenment : French military engineering from Vauban to the Revolution

Author: Jānis Langins
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2004.
Series: Transformations (M.I.T. Press)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The origins of the modern science of engineering can be traced to France's Royal Corps of Engineering in the eighteenth century. In Conserving the Enlightenment, Janis Langins gives us a history of this prototypical technical bureaucracy, using as his point of entry a pivotal dispute on the respective merits of two methods of engineering military fortifications. The story he tells of the tribulations of military  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jānis Langins
ISBN: 0262122588 9780262122580
OCLC Number: 52152716
Awards: Winner of Received Honorable Mention in the category of History of Science in the 2004 Professional/Scholarly Publishing Annual Awards Competition presented by the Association of American Publishers, Inc. 2004
Description: xiv, 532 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: I. Setting --
1. Early Modern Artillery Fortification --
2. French Fortification in the Age of Vauban --
3. Toward a Corps Royal du Genie --
II. Life And Death in the Corps --
4. Siegecraft --
5. Desk Jobs --
III. Crisis --
6. Engineering and Its Discontents --
7. Soldiers, Nobles, and Engineers --
8. Thinking Wars --
9. Science and Military Engineering --
10. Early Career of Marc-Rene, Marquis de Montalembert --
11. Challenge of Montalembert --
12. Response to Montalembert --
IV. Engineers and Revolution --
13. Montalembert and the Engineers during the Revolution --
14. Conservative Art of Military Engineering in Old Regime France.
Series Title: Transformations (M.I.T. Press)
Responsibility: Janis Langins.
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