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The Napoleonic Wars (3): The Peninsular War, 1807-1814
     

The Napoleonic Wars (3): The Peninsular War, 1807-1814

by Gregory Fremont-Barnes
 

Napoleon's occupation of the Iberian peninsula embroiled him in a protracted and costly war against British, Spanish and Portuguese forces ultimately led by one of history's greatest commanders -- the Duke of Wellington. Yet it also introduced a new dimension to warfare, for Napoleon's 'Spanish ulcer' became a bitter seven-year struggle against peoples inflamed by

Overview


Napoleon's occupation of the Iberian peninsula embroiled him in a protracted and costly war against British, Spanish and Portuguese forces ultimately led by one of history's greatest commanders -- the Duke of Wellington. Yet it also introduced a new dimension to warfare, for Napoleon's 'Spanish ulcer' became a bitter seven-year struggle against peoples inflamed by nationalism. Thus, while Wellington achieved successive victories in open battle, a parallel guerrilla war exacted a heavy toll of its own on the invaders. No mere sideshow to the other campaigns of the period, the Peninsular War made a significant contribution to Napoleon's eventual downfall.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781841763705
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
03/02/2002
Series:
Essential Histories Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.31(d)

Meet the Author


Gregory Fremont-Barnes holds degrees in history from the University of California, Berkeley (BA), the University of Chicago (MA) and the University of Oxford (D. Phil.). Since 1993 he has lectured in British and American history in Japan, principally at Kobe University. He is the author of The French Revolutionary Wars (2001) and numerous articles on British diplomatic and military history.

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