HIGH POINT, N.C., April 17, 2009 – Dr. Frederick Schneid, professor of history and director of the Honors Program at High Point University, presented a paper entitled “The Army of the Kingdom of Italy Revisited: Examining Military Contributions in the Napoleonic Imperium,” at the annual meeting of the Society for Military History, held April 2-5 in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Schneid’s paper examined the recent historiography concerning Napoleon’s satellite state in Italy and its army. He used the Italian army as a case study to explore the problems of the historical methodology surrounding Napoleonic conscription.
“In the past 25 years, common understanding of Napoleonic conscription has been informed by studying desertion and further influenced by the historiography of the Risorgimento,” says Schneid. “A broader examination of conscription and a comparative approach looking at other satellite states and Imperial France help to provide a comprehensive understanding of conscription during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.”
Schneid was also invited by Brill Publishing to serve as a series editor for its award-winning “History of Warfare” series.
The Society for Military History is a national organization with international participation that promotes the study of military history. Schneid serves as southern regional director for the organization.
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