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History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France: From the Year 1807 to the Year 1814

History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France: From the Year 1807 to the Year 1814

by William Francis Patrick NapierWilliam Francis Patrick Napier
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Published between 1828 and 1840, Napier's History of the War in the Peninsula was a tremendously influential, if controversial, work. Napier had been actively involved in the campaigns, turning to history in peacetime, in part to refute Southey's account of Sir John Moore. The first volume had a mixed reception, getting both high praise and bitter criticism from participants in the wars. He published several works rebutting his critics while producing the later volumes. Because of his obvious lack of impartiality, modern military historians treat the work with caution, but it remains widely read in the many editions and abridgements subsequently produced. Volume 6 deals with the aftermath of the battle of Vitoria, the withdrawal of the French from Spain and the entry of the Allied troops into France. This period culminated in the second battle of Toulouse, in April 1814, between Wellington and Soult, and the abdication of Napoleon.

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ISBN-13: 9781108024204
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/17/2011
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Naval and Military History Series
Pages: 732
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.90(d)

Table of Contents

Book V: 1. Slight effect produced in England by the result of the campaign; 2. Operations in Aragon; 3. System of terror; 4. Operations in Catalonia; 5. Tumult in Tarragona; Book VI: 1. Transactions in Portugal; 2. French retire from Merida; 3. Weakness of the British Army in Portugal; Book VII: 1. Coruna and Ferrol surrender to Soult; 2. Soult enters Portugal; 3. Operations of the first and fourth corps; 4. The bishop of Oporto flies to Lisbon; Book VIII: 1. Anarchy in Portugal; 2. Campaign on the Douro; 3. Romana surprises Villa Franca; 4. State of the British army; Book IX: 1. Campaign of Talavera; 2. Cuesta passes the Alberche; 3. The king goes to Illescas with the fourth corps and reserve; 4. Venegas advances to Aranjues; 5. General observations on the campaign; Appendix.

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