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French Revolution - 1793 - First Coalition

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1789 AD --- 1790 AD --- 1791 AD --- 1792 AD

08. 6. 2019 - Corrected the number indicating Jever - was a 20, now its the right one - 21
17. 6. 2019 - Corrected the City-symbols and labeling for Ansbach Bayreuth - had them wrongly depicted as capitals
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ThessianCG's avatar
BBB getting bigger. Giggle 

Great map.
Cyowari's avatar
It gets a little bit bigger every year, but it will take a lot more years before its really blobbing.
ThessianCG's avatar
European Union in the making. ROFL 
Cyowari's avatar
Uhm...not quite. Unfortunately.
ThessianCG's avatar
Well then at least continental tournée. ;) (Wink) 
Cyowari's avatar
Seems more like it - yeah.
ShadowOrder's avatar
You make among the best maps I've ever seen, how I only recently discovered you is beyond me.
Great job!

How long does each map take you?
Cyowari's avatar
Thank you very much!
Also not sure why it did take you so long ;)

Thats very difficult to answer. Its a three part approach. One is making a topographic/geographic basemap.
This toke alot of time and i didn't do it in one session. I created a huge
Europe/North Africa/West Asia basemap.
All of this was made over the course of several months, so its really difficult to answer.
Probably some 200 hours.
I use that basemap to cut another map from it, like the one above.

Next step is making and researching the political/historical layer. This one was relatively quick, because there are a lot of reference maps i can use to look stuff up.
That took some 10 hours, maybe a bit less but its not so clear for me because of the mess thats the HRE.

Last part is researching and including all the other historical stuff. Like for this map/series all the sieges and battles and events of the revolution.
This took around 40 to 60 hours, but i didn't just made one map. So for one alone i'd say its around 10 hours.
Hardwing's avatar
Nice! The tide seems to turn.

Also the Second Partition of Poland looks nearly like a by-product.
Cyowari's avatar
Thanks - yeah, to a point. I hadn't known this before in such details, but the tide turned a lot till the end of the Second Coalition War. 

Haven't read about the details/backstory of it, so i'm not to sure why it happened.
Hardwing's avatar
I'm no expert, but I guess it was the fundamental change in warfare coming with the revolution. The whole nation was to join the effort, massive armies were raised by conscription and success played a much more important role in being promoted to leadership in the French Army, which turned to fighting in units instead of fixed lines. In contrast, the Coalition relied mostly on mercenaries, being trained in the old way of fighting.

It also helped, that except for Russia(I guess), France had the largest population at that time, being able to move resources due to a strongly centralised government(HRE was the complete opposite).
Cyowari's avatar
I meant the partition. 

That change in warfare is true, but the conscription also meant that they had no experience.
So i read that in one of the first few battles of 1792 the French panicked as soon as they saw the enemy. 

As for the leadership: some of the generals in the earliest years weren't that new and as for the newer ones - its the same
with the conscription, they had no experience. But in some cases you are clearly right. Thinking of Napoleon, for example. 
But he could show his talent also only in some later years. 
Another problem seemed to be that they could also just appoint generaly who were to a 100%  on the side of the revolution, 
which i think reduced their possiblities. 

The big population helped with the mass conciptions, true.
Hardwing's avatar
Well, the First Partition happened after a polish civil war, to ease tension mainly between Austria and Russia, which had become increasingly stronger and was such seen as a rival to Habsburg. Prussia meanwhile wanted to weaken Austria's desire to see Silesia returned and get its territory connected.

The Second Partition happened when Poland(already in some way a client state of Russia before the First Partition) seeked to reform itself. After massive steps to form a more effective government, Russia saw(or at last claimed to see) the danger of a revolutionary spirit inspired by France so close by the border. Prussia agreed, despite a Prussian-Polish-Alliance, either because it feared the same, didn't want a strengthened Pland, or didn't want to make an enemy out of Russia, especially with France threatening its west and Austria still harboring resentment. Probably all three.

The Third Partition happened after an uprising, caused by the second and at last partly inspired by revolutionary ideals, happening mostly in the Russian-Poland, was crushed.
Cyowari's avatar
Ah, thanks for that insight - all three happened over partitions happened over a bit of time, so i suspected they had (more or less) different reasons.
Hardwing's avatar
This can be the cause for much discussion, but I would say they had the same fundamental reason(adjusting the power in the region between larger powers on Polands cost), but different inducements.
Cyowari's avatar
Yeah, i'm sure it could. And yes, of course - you phrased/worded that better, reason wasn't the quite the right word.
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