Napoleon's Wars: An International History

Napoleon's Wars: An International History

by Charles Esdaile
     
 

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A glorious-and conclusive-chronicle of the wars waged by one of the most polarizing figures in military history

Acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic as a new standard on the subject, this sweeping, boldly written history of the Napoleonic era reveals its central protagonist as a man driven by an insatiable desire for fame, and determined 'to push

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A glorious-and conclusive-chronicle of the wars waged by one of the most polarizing figures in military history

Acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic as a new standard on the subject, this sweeping, boldly written history of the Napoleonic era reveals its central protagonist as a man driven by an insatiable desire for fame, and determined 'to push matters to extremes.' More than a myth-busting portrait of Napoleon, however, it offers a panoramic view of the armed conflicts that spread so quickly out of revolutionary France to countries as remote as Sweden and Egypt. As it expertly moves through conflicts from Russia to Spain, Napoleon's Wars proves to be history writing equal to its subject-grand and ambitious-that will reframe the way this tumultuous era is understood.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[A] masterly account of the Napoleonic wars . . . Makes the familiar story fresh."
-The Economist

"A joy to read . . . Attractive, well written and, on occasion, pleasantly idiosyncratic . . . A splendid book."
-Literary Review

"Deft, authoritative, often strikingly counterintuitive, this is the definitive word on the subject."
-Telegraph (UK), Books of the Year

Telegraph (London)
Deft, authoritative, often strikingly counter-intuitive, this is the definitive word on the subject.
Library Journal

In direct contrast to Gen. Michel Franceschi and Ben Weider's Wars Against Napoleon: Debunking the Myth of the Napoleonic Wars, which claimed that Napoleon was a pacifistic victim of circumstances, comes a book that makes no attempt to hide his insatiable lust for military glory and, thus, power. Yet Esdaile (history, Univ. of Liverpool; The Peninsular War) does offer a distinct approach by writing a history of these wars that is not simply Francocentric but reflects the full European dimension of the conflicts. So the reader gets not only fresh information on such disparate actions as the Serbian revolt of 1804 and the Eastern and Ottoman fronts but a better understanding of the time period as a whole and Napoleon's historical place in it. Esdaile argues that the Napoleon we see today is the product of a very efficient propaganda machine begun on St. Helena by the emperor himself. Using contemporary sources describing the little Corsican, his resulting myth-busting portrait rings true. Placed within the author's panoramic view of the wars that spread so quickly across the European continent, it's a study that makes a compelling read. Recommended for all libraries.
—David Lee Poremba

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143116288
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/27/2009
Pages:
656
Sales rank:
628,467
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

"A welcome and well-written synthesis of recent scholarship." —-Kirkus
From the Publisher
"[A] masterly account of the Napoleonic wars . . . Makes the familiar story fresh."
-The Economist

"A joy to read . . . Attractive, well written and, on occasion, pleasantly idiosyncratic . . . A splendid book."
-Literary Review

"Deft, authoritative, often strikingly counterintuitive, this is the definitive word on the subject."
-Telegraph (UK), Books of the Year

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