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Empire of chance : the Napoleonic Wars and the disorder of things / Anders Engberg-Pedersen.

Author/creator Engberg-Pedersen, Anders author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, 2015.
Descriptionx, 324 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction -- The geometry of war : siege architecture and narrative form -- State of war 1800 : topography and chance -- Modus operandi : on touch, tact, and tactics -- Exercising judgment : technologies of experience -- Paper empires : military cartography and the management of space -- The poetics of war : cartography and the realist novel -- Conclusion : the disorder of things.
Abstract "Empire of Chance examines the place of war in the history of knowledge. It argues that with the Napoleonic Wars, chance came to be installed as the basic operative principle of history. Attending to a vast array of fields and disciplines -- military theory, literature, philosophy, cartography, mathematics, and pedagogy -- the book charts the momentous shift in the thinking of war that took place around 1800. It examines the efforts to rethink the state of war as a variegated epistemic regime of chance events, contingencies, conjectures, and probabilities, and it tells the story of the inventions devised to handle and manage it. Juxtaposing traditional philosophy and military theory, literature and cartography, war games and historiography, knowledge and poetics, Engberg-Pedersen reveals how the Napoleonic Wars served as a catalyst for the emergence of a worldly thought that turns its attention outward to the flux of the empirical world in order to come to grips with the pervasive disorder of things. War came to be conceived not as an exceptional state, but as a cipher of modernity"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN 2014028441
ISBN9780674967649 alkaline paper
ISBN067496764X alkaline paper

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