Napoleon: Ascent to Power: A Selection from Napoleon's Wars: An International History (Penguin Tracks) [NOOK Book]

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A panoramic chronicle of Napoleon Bonaparte’s rise to power—excerpted from celebrated historian Charles Esdaile’s masterwork Napoleon’s Wars

Napoleon’s Wars offers a definitive account of the violent conflicts that seethed within Europe from the end of the Peace of Amiens in 1803 to the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, recognizing not only the role of Napoleon himself, but also of the larger forces at play during this tumultuous era.  In this ...
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Napoleon: Ascent to Power: A Selection from Napoleon's Wars: An International History (Penguin Tracks)

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Overview

A panoramic chronicle of Napoleon Bonaparte’s rise to power—excerpted from celebrated historian Charles Esdaile’s masterwork Napoleon’s Wars

Napoleon’s Wars offers a definitive account of the violent conflicts that seethed within Europe from the end of the Peace of Amiens in 1803 to the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, recognizing not only the role of Napoleon himself, but also of the larger forces at play during this tumultuous era.  In this excerpt, acclaimed historian Charles Esdaile chronicles the shifting European alliances and simmering enmities in the closing years of the 18th century and follows the rise of young Napoleon from misfit schoolboy to the conquering hero of France.  Stripping away myth and fabrication to lay bare the future ruler of the French Empire’s vainglorious nature and obsessive lust for power, Esdaile reveals the young Corsican as a master manipulator, who time and again bends political tensions, cultural conflict, and military strategy toward his own aims. 

A selection from the work the Economist has called “explanatory history of high order,” Napoleon: Ascent to Power offers a wide-ranging explanation of the circumstances that led the countries of Europe to fight each other so ferociously for so long, and a portrait of the man who pushed the conflict to new heights of devastation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698145788
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/9/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 567,358
  • File size: 2 MB

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CHARLES ESDAILE is one of Britain’s foremost Napoleonic historians. He is professor in history at the University of Liverpool and the author of The Peninsular War: A New History and Spain in the Liberal Age, among other books.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    A First for Me

    I am an avid reader of military histories and felt that this book might "fill in some gaps" in my general knowledge of the time period in Europe.
    It is the first book on military history that I said "enough" after slogging through the first 200 pages. The author makes a conclusion at the beginning of the book and then proceeds to spend the ensuing pages justifying his conclusion. He assumes his reader is well versed in the time period and has read other works(which he implicitly disparages). The general tenor of the book is that of "talking down" to the reader and fails to convey any sense of caring whether the reader is interested or not.
    There have been a great number of wonderful books on the topic of military history......this definitely isn't one of them.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Napoleonic Wars

    Esdaile clearly knows his stuff. Very informative, in-depth study of Napoleonic Europe. This book is a must read for anyone with even a glancing interest in Napoleon.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    As I studied under Günther Rothenberg, I had somewhat of a backg

    As I studied under Günther Rothenberg, I had somewhat of a background on Napoleon from the military strategic and tactical standpoint. As I am studying the German wars of unification, I sought this book to give some background in Europe in the early 19th century. If you are into diplomatic and political history, this is a good book. If you are looking for background on military affairs, this book is not for you. I do agree with both the postings of January 30, 2010 and January 23 of the same year--Esdaille does seem to know his material well and does go into more detail than a novice reader is capable of conceptualizing. It is more for the specialist, and I would leave it to a specialist to evaluate the quality and organization of the material here.

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