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Military Politics from Bonaparte to the Bourbons: The Life and Death of Michel Ney, 1769-1815

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560007678
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Pages: 283
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Horricks is a biographer, writer, and independent record producer. He is the author of a companion volume: In Flight with the Eagle, A Guide to Napoleon's Elite; along with several books on musical figures and history.

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Table of Contents

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
Index 279
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