Blundering to Glory: Napoleon's Military Campaigns / Edition 3by Owen Connelly
Pub. Date: 06/02/2006
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Renowned for its accuracy, brevity, and readability, this book has long been the gold standard of concise histories of the Napoleonic Wars. Now in an updated and revised edition, it is unique in its portrayal of one of the world's great generals as a scrambler who never had a plan, strategic or tactical, that did not break down or change of necessity in the field.
Renowned for its accuracy, brevity, and readability, this book has long been the gold standard of concise histories of the Napoleonic Wars. Now in an updated and revised edition, it is unique in its portrayal of one of the world's great generals as a scrambler who never had a plan, strategic or tactical, that did not break down or change of necessity in the field. Distinguished historian Owen Connelly argues that Napoleon was the master of the broken play, so confident of his ability to improvise, cover his own mistakes, and capitalize on those of the enemy that he repeatedly plunged his armies into uncertain, seemingly desperate situations, only to emerge victorious as he "blundered" to glory.
Beginning with a sketch of Napoleon's early life, the book progresses to his command of artillery at Toulon and the "whiff of grapeshot" in Paris that netted him control of the Army of Italy, where his incredible performance catapulted him to fame. The author vividly traces Napoleon's campaigns as a general of the French Revolution and emperor of the French, knowledgeably analyzing each battle's successes and failures. The author depicts Napoleon's "art of war" as a system of engaging the enemy, waiting for him to make a mistake, improvising a plan on the spot-and winning. Far from detracting from Bonaparte's reputation, his blunders rather made him a great general, a "natural" who depended on his intuition and ability to read battlefields and his enemy to win. Exploring this neglected aspect of Napoleon's battlefield genius, Connelly at the same time offers stirring and complete accounts of all the Napoleonic campaigns.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Young Bonaparte: Character, Education, and Early Triumphs
Chapter 2: The Scrambler Emerges: The First Italian Campaign, 1796–1797
Chapter 3: Flirting with Oblivion: Egypt, 1798–1799
Chapter 4: Over the Alps: The Second Italian Campaign, 1800
Chapter 5: The Scrambler on the Danube: The Ulm-Austerlitz Campaign, 1805
Chapter 6: Overkill in the East: The Jena-Auerstadt-Friedland Campaign, 1806–1807
Chapter 7: The "Affair of Spain": The Peninsular War, 1808–1813
Chapter 8: The Wagram Campaign: The Austrian War, 1809
Chapter 9: The Fattening: Compromises with the Old Order European Empire, 1809–1812
Chapter 10: Heat, Ice, Snow, and Disaster: The Russian Campaign, 1812
Chapter 11: The Kill: From Lutzen to Elba, 1813–1814
Chapter 12: The Glorious Irrelevance: The Waterloo Campaign, 1815
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