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Military Politics from Bonaparte to the Bourbons Is an Intriguing full-length biography and character study of Michel Ney, Napoleon's marshal who came close to snatching victory from Wellington at Waterloo in 1815. Raymond Horricks provides a comprehensive look at the marshal from birth to death, with all his valiant battles and his personal relationships in between.
Horricks describes Ney's first days as a soldier, fighting with the revolutionary armies and culminating in his great tenacity at Hohenlinden in 1800. He then delves into Ney's convoluted involvement with Napoleon, including his friendship with Josephine. As a marshal, he was the hero at Ulm, where an entire Austrian army under General Mack was forced to surrender, and later, the man who defeated the Russians at Friedland.
Horricks gives a complete account of Ney's escapades, ending with the reasons for and heroism of his trial and execution. The nature of this gallant marshal's life provides a rare insight into military politics in the early nineteenth century. Military Politics from Bonaparte to the Bourbons will be an enjoyable read for political scientists, historians, and students of military affairs.
|Introduction to the Transaction Edition|
|Prologue: A Journey in November|
|Ch. 1||Early Life and Character||1|
|Ch. 2||A Soldier with the Revolutionary Armies: 1791-1800||12|
|Ch. 3||"Accept, General Consul, the Imperial Crown..."||36|
|Ch. 4||The Awakening to Glory: From Elchingen (1805) to Friedland (1807)||64|
|Ch. 5||Disgrace in the South: Spain and Portugal, 1808-1811||86|
|Ch. 6||Rehabilitation: Into Russia with the III Corps, 1812||112|
|Ch. 7||Saviour of the Eagles: The retreat from Moscow||131|
|Ch. 8||Honours: Together with more action and another wound (Leipzig, 1813)||149|
|Ch. 9||Some Battles for France: From Brienne (January, 1814) to the first abdication||160|
|Ch. 10||A Soldier Under the Bourbons: 1814-1815||171|
|Ch. 11||"The Hundred Days"||188|
|Ch. 12||The Set-Pieces: Quatre Bras and Waterloo||208|
|Ch. 13||Aftermath: Trial and execution||244|
|Endpiece: Figures in a Timescape||275|