The End of the Old Order, 1801-1805

The End of the Old Order, 1801-1805

by Frederick Kagan
     
 

From a leading scholar of history and military policy, a monumental account and brilliant new analysis of the Napoleonic era in Europe and the revealing interaction of continental politics and war shaping our modern worldSee more details below

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From a leading scholar of history and military policy, a monumental account and brilliant new analysis of the Napoleonic era in Europe and the revealing interaction of continental politics and war shaping our modern world

Editorial Reviews

New Criterion
The strength of Kagan's book is the mix of diplomatic and political investigation . . . A very fine and full account of the battles.

Choice
Brilliant . . . [Kagan's] ability to humanize Napoleon . . . renders a much more interesting and compelling figure than is usually depicted . . . Indispensable.

Library Journal
This is the first of Kagan's projected four-volume series dealing with the Napoleonic period from the perspective of all of the continental dominions impacted by the Napoleonic Wars. At almost 800 pages, it may appear to be a little daunting, but Kagan (resident scholar, American Enterprise Inst.; The Military Reforms of Nicholas I) employs a very readable narrative style, replete with notes and maps. The epic story is told, as it should be, from multiple viewpoints and not from just that of Napoleon and his forces. Kagan asks in his introduction how and why, if the European powers were so unorganized, weak, or incompetent (as they are often portrayed), did Napoleon then ultimately lose? The answer comes through his objective evaluation of the interaction of Europe's ruling figures and its armies, which ultimately fought and died in the cause of Europe's future. No one should avoid reading this book, which ably refers to less commonly used Austrian, German, French, and Russian archives. Strongly recommended for all libraries.-David Lee Poremba, Davenport, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306811371
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
07/10/2006
Series:
Napoleon and Europe Series
Pages:
808
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.00(d)

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