The Napoleonic Wars

The Napoleonic Wars

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He inherited the armies of the French Revolution that had overthrown a monarchy.and used them to conquer a continent on a scale never seen before. Napoleon developed what was perhaps the world's first "superpower," setting a pattern that would come to fruition in the 20th century (especially by totalitarian states). From descriptions of Bonaparte's rise, through the years of the Second Coalition and the Grande Armée, to the heights of victory at Austerlitz and Jena--and the depths of defeat in Russia and at Waterloo--a fascinating portrait emerges of a man and his methods.

Publisher: London : Cassell, 1999 (2001 [printing])
ISBN: 9780304359837
Branch Call Number: 940.27 ROT
Characteristics: 240 p. : ill. (some col.), col. maps, ports. (some col.) ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Keegan, John 1934-


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Mar 06, 2011

Every once in a long, long while, History and the course of human events coughs up a person larger than life; a leader; one who seems to be born to greatness; one who changes the course of history; and on the darker side, one who is responsible for death, slaughter and mayhem on a major scale.
When it comes to Napoleon Bonaparte we are dealing with one such figure.
Thrust upon the stage of France by being at the right place at the right time, he then strode onto the larger European stage. His aim, at least eventually: to claim for France, all of Europe.
And this book tells part of that story. At least the battles that made up the wars.
For readers who hav e trouble keeping track of the course of events theres an extremely helpful timeline of events during this period in time. The book has lots of illustrations helpfully interpreted and appearing at the appropriate parts of the text. A very enlightening feature are the battlefield plans included to illustrate some of the major clashes between Napoleon's troops and the allies. Some of those placenames, especially those in the German-speaking part of Europe are a little hard to deal with ... the maps make them at least a bit easier to visualize if not to spell or (heavens) to pronounce.
This is a great book to read if your'e a student of this time period in European history. If you're a fan of Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe you might find parts of this book enlightening.
If you're studying this in a history course this will provide you with a lot of insight into what took place.


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