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Dr. Frederick Schneid

Instructor

Charles Boal Ewing Chair of Military History

frederick.schneid@westpoint.edu

Biography


Professor Frederick Schneid received his BA from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and his MA and PhD from Purdue University where he studied European military history under the direction of eminent military historian Gunther E. Rothenberg. Professor Schneid taught at Purdue before joining the History faculty at High Point University in North Carolina in 1994. During his 29 years at High Point University, he served as Director of the University Honors Program for a decade, and then as Chair of the Department of History for the past 13 years. He has published numerous books, chapters and articles on the Napoleonic Wars and the Wars of Italian Unification, as well as war and warfare in the 18th and 19th centuries. In 2008 he was commissioned by the Italian Army Historical Service (Ufficio Storico Stato Maggiore Esercito) to write an English-language military history of the Second War of Italian Unification in 1859, which was published in 2014. Professor Schneid is an editor for the award-winning series History of Warfare published by Brill, serves on the editorial boards for War & Society, and the Campaigns and Commanders series published by Oklahoma University Press. Professor Schneid has been an invited speaker at Oxford University, the Institute for Historical Research at University of London and the Fondation Napoleon in Paris.

Ongoing Research Projects


The Wars of Italian Unification, 1848-1870, Modern Wars Series, Bloomsbury Publishing, manuscript near completion.

War and Logistics in the Age of Napoleon – in progress

Publications & Presentations


Books Authored:

  • The French-Piedmontese Campaign of 1859, (Rome: Ufficio Storico Stato Maggiore Esercito, 2014)
  • The Second War of Italian Unification (London: Osprey, 2012)
  • The Napoleonic Wars – Essential Bibliography Series (Washington, DC: Potomac Books, 2012)
  • Napoleon’s Conquest of Europe: The War of the Third Coalition 1805 (Westport: Praeger, 2005)
  • Napoleon's Italian Campaigns, 1805-1815 (Westport: Praeger, 2002)
  • Soldiers of Napoleon's Kingdom of Italy: Army State and Society, 1800-1815 (Boulder: Westview /Harper Collins, 1995)

Books Edited:

  • ed., European Armies of the French Revolution, 1789-1799 (Norman: Oklahoma University Press, 2015).
  • ed., The Projection and Limitations of Imperial Powers: 1660-1850 (Leiden: Brill, 2012).
  • ed., European Politics 1815-1848 (Ashgate: Harlow, 2011).
  • edited with Donald Stoker and Harold Blanton, Conscription in Napoleonic Europe, 1799-1815: A Revolution in Military Affairs? (London: Routledge, 2009).
  • ed., European Warfare, 1792-1815, (Ashgate: Harlow, 2007).

Book Chapters:

  • “Campaigns in Italy, 1796-1797 and 1800,” in The Cambridge History of the Napoleonic Wars, eds. Bruno Colson and Alexander Mikaberidze, (Cambridge University Press, 2023).
  • “Campaigns in Prussia and Poland, 1806-1807,” The Cambridge History of the Napoleonic Wars, eds. Bruno Colson and Alexander Mikaberidze, (Cambridge University Press, 2023).
  • Co-author, “Logistics in the Napoleonic Wars,” in The Cambridge History of the Napoleonic Wars, eds. Bruno Colson and Alexander Mikaberidze, (Cambridge University Press, 2023).
  • “The French Cavalry at Austerlitz: Data and Narrative,” in The Changing Face of Old Regime Warfare, ed. Alex Burns, (Helion & Co: Warwick, 2022).
  • “The French Army at Rossbach,” in Alexander Querengässer ed., The Battle of Rossbach: New Perspectives on the Battle and the Campaign, (Helion & Co: Warwick, 2022).
  • “Introduction” in Napoleon: The Art of War and Power, (Arcturus: London, 2018).
  • “Die französische Armee bei Roßbach,” in Alexander Querengässer (ed.): Die Schlacht bei Roßbach. Akteure - Verlauf - Nachwirkung (=Beiträge zur Geschichte des Militärs in Sachsen 2), (Zeughaus Verlag: Berlin, 2017).
  • “Victory,” in Charles Esdaile ed., 30-Second Napoleon: The 50 fundamentals of his life, strategies, and legacy, each explained in half a minute, (Ivy Press: Brighton, 2017).
  • “The Campaign against Piedmont-Sardinia, 1796” in Michael Leggiere ed., Napoleon and the Operational Art, (Leiden: Brill, 2016
  • “The French Army,” in ed., Armies of the French Revolution, 1789-1799 (Norman: Oklahoma University Press, 2015).
  • Chapter 17: “The Rise of Napoleon,” in The West Point History of Warfare (New York: 2014).
  • “War and Revolution in the Age of the Risorgimento, 1820-1849,” in Frederick C. Schneid ed., The Projection and Limitations of Imperial Powers: 1660-1850 (Leiden: Brill, 2012).
  • “Napoleon’s Imperial Guard,” in Jeremy Black ed., Elite Fighting Forces (London: Thames and Hudson, 2011).
  • “The Army of the Kingdom of Italy,” in Gregory Fremont-Barnes ed., Armies of the Napoleonic Era, (Pen & Sword: Barnsely, 2011).
  • “Command and Control,” in Fighting Techniques of Colonial Empires (New York: St. Martins, USA: 2009).
  • “Napoleonic Conscription and the Militarization of Europe?” in Donald Stoker, Frederick C. Schneid, Harold Blanton, eds., Conscription in Napoleonic Europe, 1799-1815: A Revolution in Military Affairs, (London: Routledge, 2008).
  • “Napoleon” in Jeremy Black ed., Great Military Leaders (London: Thames and Hudson, 2008).
  • “Command and Control,” in Fighting Techniques of the Napoleonic Age (New York: St. Martins, USA: 2008).
  • “Command and Control,” in Fighting Techniques of the Early Modern World (New York: St. Martins, USA: 2006).

Articles:

  • “La primera campaña de Bonaparte, La Conquista de Piemonte,” Desperta Ferro: Historia Militar a del Mundo Moderna, 64 (June 2023): 20-27.
  • “Rívoli, 1797, La batalla decisiva de la campaña de Italia,”Desperta Ferro: Historia Militar a del Mundo Moderna, 64 (June 2023):50-57.
  • “Master Narratives in Military History: Europe 1789 to 1900,” in special 40th Anniversary issue of War & Society 42, 1(January 2023): 44-51.
  • “Jena-Auerstadt,” in Sun Tzu: The Art of War Illustrated, (Amber Books: London, 2018).
  • “Francia desgarrada: Consecuencias tras la batalla de Sedán,” Desperta Ferro: Historia Militar a del Mundo Moderna, Siglos XVI-XIX, 28 (June 2017): 6-12.
  • “Le condizioni e le operazioni della Marina Sarda durante la Seconda Guerra d’Indipendenza, 1859,” Bolletino d’Archivio della Ufficio Storico della Marina Militare (March 2013): 23-47.
  • “Mid-Nineteenth Century European Wars.” in: Oxford Bibliographies in Military History Online, November 26, 2013.
  • “A Well Coordinated Affair: Franco-Piedmontese War Planning in 1859” Journal of Military History, 76, 2(April 2012): 523-556.
  • “The French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars,” in: European History Online (EGO), published by the Institute of European History (IEG), Mainz Jan 27, 2011. URL: http://www.ieg-ego.eu/schneidf-2011-en URN: urn:nbn:de:0159-20101025334
  • "Un affare ben coordinato: la pianificazione bellica franco-piemontese nel
1859" in Studi Storico Militari 2009 (2011): 395-421.
  • “Kings, Clients and Satellites in the Napoleonic Imperium,” Journal of Strategic Studies, 31, 4 (August 2008): 571-604.
  • “The Grand Strategy of the Habsburg Monarchy during the War of the Third Coalition,” Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, Selected Papers, 2007 (2008): 313-321.
  • “The Prussian Variable of 1805: Perceptions and Realities,” Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, 1750-1850: Selected Papers 2002. (2004): 270-279.
  • “The Dynamics of Defeat: French Army Leadership, December 1812 – March 1813.” Journal of Military History, 63, 1 (January 1999): 7-28.

Invited Lectures:

  • “ ‘But we should need to know everything…’ The Place of the Risorgimento in Military History,” Institute for Historical Research: War, Culture and Society Seminar at University of London, January 18, 2023.
  • “19th Century War and Warfare” and “Pedagogy for 19th Century Wars,” Summer Seminar in Military History, sponsored by the Society for Military History and the Institute for War and Democracy at the National World War II Museum, New Orleans, June 18, 2022.
  • “Civil-Military Relations in Germany, 1918-1938,” presented at panel, “Constitutional Crisis: The (retired) Generals & the President,” hosted by University of New Mexico School of Law, June 23, 2020.
  • “’They have seen nothing yet….’ Napoleon’s Conquest of Italy, 1796-7,” presented at Catawba College and Salisbury Historical Society, Salisbury, NC, 10 September 2019.
  • “War and Memory in France from Napoleon to World War I,” presented at Texas Christian University, 15 November 2017.
  • “Franco-American Relations from the American Revolution to the War on Terror,” presented at the Military History Center, Executive Council Discussion Series, University of North Texas, 14 November 2017.
  • “Imperial Identities at War: The Battle of Solferino,” presented at the History of War Seminar, All Souls College, University of Oxford, 10 February 2016.
  • “The European Battlefield in the 19th Century: Napoleon III and Military Leadership During the Second French Empire,” presented at the 49th Annual Perspectives in Military History Lecture Series, United States Army Heritage and Education Center, United States Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 21 October 2015.
  • “The Ghost of Napoleon and the Haunting of the 1859 Campaign in Italy,” presented at the Fondation Napoléon, Paris, France, 22 May 2014.
  • “The French-Piedmontese Campaign of 1859,” Roundtable discussion at the International Book Fair in Turin, Italy, 10 May 2014.
  • “Historical Problems and National Myths: The Second War of Italian Unification,” presented at Ruth E. Ridenhour Lecture, High Point University, 22 January 2010.
  • “Warfare and Strategy in the Age of Napoleon,” presented at West Point Summer Seminar in Military History, 5 June 2007.
  • “The Grand Strategy of France, 1792-1815,” Grand Strategy: A Historical Perspective, Roundtable discussion at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, Washington, D.C., June 2001.

Conference Papers:

  • “Manpower, Logistics and Feeding Napoleon’s Machine, 1806-7,” Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850, Annual Conference, Tallahassee, FL, February 29, 2020.
  • “Attrition and Feeding Napoleon’s Machine: Prussia and Poland, 1806-7,” Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850, Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 1, 2019.
  • “Blundering to Glory Reconsidered: Lonato and Castiglione as Viewed from the Archives” Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850, Annual Conference, Charleston, SC, 25 February 2017.
  • “Diplomacy, Expectations and Operations in Italy, 1796,” Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850, Annual Conference, Oxford, MS., 21 February 2014.
  • “’Sicily is everything, Gaeta is nothing,’ The Impact of British Naval Supremacy in the Mediterranean upon the Italian Satellites: 1806-1814,” 5th Wellington Congress, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK, 7 April 2013.
  • “The Piedmontese Campaign in Lombardy-Venetia in 1848: A Reassessment,” Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, 1750-1850, Annual Conference, Baton Rouge, LA., 23 February 2012.
  • “A Well-Coordinated Affair: Franco-Piedmontese War Planning in 1859,” Society for Military History, Annual Conference, Lexington, VA., May 2010.
  • “The Army of the Kingdom of Italy Revisited,” Society for Military History, Annual Conference, Mufreesboro, TN, April 2009
  • “The Impact of Napoleon’s Empire on Habsburg Grand Strategy in 1809,” Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, Annual Conference, Huntsville, AL., 29 February-3 March 2008
  • “Freiheitkrieg and Freiwillige: Volunteer Battalions in the German Armies, 1813-1815” Society for Military History, Annual Conference, Frederick, MD., 19-22 April 2007
  • “The Grand Strategy of the Habsburg Monarchy during the War of the Third Coalition,” Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, Annual Conference, Arlington, VA., 1-4 March 2007
  • “Financing Napoleon’s Wars,” Economic and Business History Society, Annual Conference, High Point, North Carolina, April 2005.
  • “Feeding the Grande Armée: Logistics in Germany in 1805,” Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, Annual Conference, Lakeland, Florida, February 2005.
  • “Bernadotte’s March and North German Politics in 1805,” Society for Military History, Annual Conference, Bethesda, Maryland, May 2004.
  • “Force Allocation and Imperial Defense in 1805,” Society for Military History, Annual Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, April 2002.
  • “The Prussian Variable of 1805: Perceptions and Realities,” Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, Annual Conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, February 2002.
  • “The Road to Vienna: Napoleon and the German Princes in 1805.” Society for Military History, Annual Conference, Quantico, Virginia, April 2000.
  • “Italy within Napoleon’s Grand Strategy in 1813.” Consortium on Revolutionary Europe, Annual Conference, Huntsville Alabama, March 2000.
  • “The Anatomy of Napoleon’s Armée d’Italie in 1796,” Society for Military History, Annual Conference, Montgomery, Alabama, April 1997.
  • “Securing the Napoleonic Empire in Southern Europe, 1805-1807,” Society for Military History, Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., April 1996.