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Peninsular Eyewitnesses: The Experience of War in Spain and Portugal 1808-1813

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Many books have been written about the British struggle against Napoleon in the Peninsula. A few recent studies have given a broader view of the ebb and flow of a long war that had a shattering impact on Spain and Portugal and marked the history of all the nations involved. But none of these books has concentrated on how these momentous events were perceived and understood by the people who experienced them. Charles Esdaile has brought together a vivid selection of contemporary accounts of every aspect of the war...
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Many books have been written about the British struggle against Napoleon in the Peninsula. A few recent studies have given a broader view of the ebb and flow of a long war that had a shattering impact on Spain and Portugal and marked the history of all the nations involved. But none of these books has concentrated on how these momentous events were perceived and understood by the people who experienced them. Charles Esdaile has brought together a vivid selection of contemporary accounts of every aspect of the war to create a panoramic yet minutely detailed picture of those years of turmoil. The story is told through memoirs, letters and eyewitness testimony from all sides. Instead of generals and statesmen, we mostly hear from less-well-known figures - junior officers and ordinary soldiers and civilians who recorded their immediate experience of the conflict.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781844151912
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 4/9/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Map of the Iberian Peninsula vi-vii

Preface x

Dramatis Personae xiv

Chapter 1 Iberia in Revolt 1

Chapter 2 The Revenge of the French 45

Chapter 3 Recovery and Counter-Attack 83

Chapter 4 Cádiz Saved; Portugal Defended 121

Chapter 5 Race Against Time 163

Chapter 6 The Turn of the Tide 201

Chapter 7 The Overthrow of Joseph Bonaparte 243

Epilogue: Some Endings 279

Notes 286

Bibliography 297

Index 301

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