Dancing into Battle: A Social History of the Battle of Waterloo

Overview

Examining a battle that has become one of the most famous in history, this definitive volume chronicles Napoleon's defeat by British, Dutch, Belgian, and German forces on June 18, 1815, in Waterloo, Belgium. Battles were then localized affairs: Waterloo was fought on a piece of land approximately the size of Central Park. For a good many of the men who fought there, in fact, war was something of a sport—a feeling reinforced by the image of the Duke of Richmond cheering on his sons in battle. There are ...

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Overview

Examining a battle that has become one of the most famous in history, this definitive volume chronicles Napoleon's defeat by British, Dutch, Belgian, and German forces on June 18, 1815, in Waterloo, Belgium. Battles were then localized affairs: Waterloo was fought on a piece of land approximately the size of Central Park. For a good many of the men who fought there, in fact, war was something of a sport—a feeling reinforced by the image of the Duke of Richmond cheering on his sons in battle. There are few sporting events, however, that end with 56,000 dead, dying, and wounded men and at least 10,000 horses in a similar state. Nick Foulkes' brilliantly realized portrait of the eve of battle brings a fresh perspective to this turning point in European history.

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"[Foulkes is] a scholarly researcher as well as a witty chronicler."  –Andrew Roberts, author, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900

"A well-researched social portrait . . . entertainingly and gracefully brings to life the Regency upper-class at war."  –Simon Sebag Montefiore, author, Young Stalin

"An elegant and colourful companion to the more traditional perspectives on Waterloo."  —BBC History Magazine

"Foulkes uses colourful accounts that historians have neglected . . . While he never disparages the bravery of armies, Foulkes's presentation of such overlooked material about Waterloo make this a welcome addition to its literature."  —Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753822173
  • Publisher: Phoenix
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Formerly associate editor of the Evening Standard's ES magazine, Nick Foulkes writes regularly for the Financial Times and Country Life and is the author of The Last of the Dandies.

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