"The Military Enlightenment is comprehensive, original, and significant. It has so many virtues, I hardly know where to begin. It is impressively sweeping in the source material Christy Pichichero mobilizes, daring in its chronology, and beautifully written. It will command the attention of scholars in a wide range of disciplines, including history, literature, philosophy, and psychology."
(Rafe Blaufarb, author of The Great Demarcation)
"Christy Pichichero has written an ambitious, wide-ranging, engaging, and informative book about what she calls the 'military Enlightenment' in eighteenth-century France. Well-researched and clearly presented, it will be read avidly by historians, scholars of eighteenth-century French literature and philosophy, and military historians."
(David A. Bell, author of Shadows of Revolution)
"Christy Pichichero’s thought-provoking work should inspire, or compel, us all to reconsider eighteenth-century military thought in a much broader context. She presents an impressive variety of issues discussed across a range of contemporary genres. Her study of enlightenment France marvelously demonstrates that the consideration of military topics both by professionals and by civilians infuses as well as reflects the intellectual tenor of an age."
(John A. Lynn II, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and author of Battle)
"The Military Enlightenment provides a refreshing angle in European cultural histories of war. Christy Pichichero unpacks the paradoxical questions that inspired the military enlightenment: how to wage war with greatest economy and efficiency but also how to wage war humanely, with compassion and civility. Pichichero’s work deftly shows how both great and lesser-known minds struggled to achieve these ideals in eighteenth-century France and how the military enlightenment continues to inform war ethics to this day."
(Christian Ayne Crouch, author of Nobility Lost)
Colin Jones in French Studies
Featured Review by Brian Sandberg in the American Historical Review
Christine Haynes in the Journal of Military History
Lieutenant Colonel Jobie Turner for H-War
Christopher Tozzi in The Historian
D.A. Harvey in Choice
Jonathan Abel in History: Reviews of New Books
Adam Storring for H-Soz-Kult (Germany)
FULL BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR THE MILITARY ENLIGHTENMENT - available upon request