The Napoleonic War: Living Through History

The Napoleonic War: Living Through History

by Graham Mitchell

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-- Students seeking information on the war itself will be misled by this title. Presented from a British point of view, the information serves more to introduce students to trends and personalities popular in Britain at that time than to provide an objective overview of the war. The book will provide useful material for those students needing slightly more information than an encyclopedia provides about such figures as William Blake, Jane Austen, or Beau Brummell. There is also biographical information about figures not available in many American encyclopedias. The style is clear and filled with quotes from original source material. The pro-British slant could be either interesting or confusing, depending on students' awareness of the text as British. Varied type styles and sizes, an acceptable amount of white space, and frequent integration of reproductions of period illustrations create an appealing format and facilitate quick reference to major subject headings--a plus since there is no apparent logic in the selection of subjects included in the one-page index. (Why some of Jane Austen's titles and not others? Why no War of 1812 when it is mentioned several times in the text?) The Date List provides the most helpful overview of the war; it is unfortunate that it doesn't appear at the front of the book instead of the back so that readers unfamiliar with the subject might acquaint themselves with the war itself before learning about life in Britain at the time. --Dona Weisman, Northeast Texas Library, Garland

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Batsford, B.T. Ltd.
Publication date:
Living through History Series
Product dimensions:
7.48(w) x 9.84(h) x (d)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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