The Napoleonic Wars 1803-1815 [NOOK Book]

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Known collectively as the 'Great War', for over a decade the Napoleonic Wars engulfed not only a whole continent but also the overseas possessions of the leading European states. A war of unprecedented scale and intensity, it was in many ways a product of change that acted as a catalyst for upheaval and reform across much of Europe, with ...

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The Napoleonic Wars 1803-1815

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Overview

Known collectively as the 'Great War', for over a decade the Napoleonic Wars engulfed not only a whole continent but also the overseas possessions of the leading European states. A war of unprecedented scale and intensity, it was in many ways a product of change that acted as a catalyst for upheaval and reform across much of Europe, with aspects of its legacy lingering to this very day.





There is a mass of literature on Napoleon and his times, yet there are only a handful of scholarly works that seek to cover the Napoleonic Wars in their entirety, and fewer still that place the conflict in any broader framework. This study redresses the balance. Drawing on recent findings and applying a 'total' history approach, it explores the causes and effects of the conflict, and places it in the context of the evolution of modern warfare. It reappraises the most significant and controversial military ventures, including the war at sea and Napoleon's campaigns of 1805-9. The study gives an insight into the factors that shaped the war, setting the struggle in its wider economic, cultural, political and intellectual dimensions.



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781446448762
  • Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/8/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 308,608
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

David Gates was Deputy Director and Senior Fellow of the Centre for Defence and International Security Studies. He is the author of The Spanish Ulcer, and lives in Lancashire.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
General Editor's Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
1 The Belligerents 1
2 The Austerlitz Campaign 15
3 The War at Sea 38
4 From Jena to Tilsit 49
The campaign in Poland 69
5 The Reformists 86
6 The Rise and Fall of the Fifth Coalition 100
The Austrian campaign of 1809 109
The battles of Aspern-Essling and Wagram 127
7 Trade Patterns and Resource Constraints 147
8 The Peninsular War 171
9 The Road to Moscow: The Demise of the Franco-Russian Entente 196
10 The German War of Liberation, 1813-1814 221
The campaign in France, 1814 254
11 Epilogue: The One Hundred Days 265
12 Conclusion 271
Bibliographical Essay 276
Index 297
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