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Napoleon and Berlin: The Franco-Prussian War in North Germany, 1813
     

Napoleon and Berlin: The Franco-Prussian War in North Germany, 1813

by Michael V. Leggiere
 

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At a time when Napoleon needed all his forces to reassert French dominance in Central Europe, why did he fixate on the Prussian capital of Berlin? Instead of concentrating his forces for a decisive showdown with the enemy, he repeatedly detached large numbers of troops, under ineffective commanders, toward the capture of Berlin. In Napoleon and Berlin,

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At a time when Napoleon needed all his forces to reassert French dominance in Central Europe, why did he fixate on the Prussian capital of Berlin? Instead of concentrating his forces for a decisive showdown with the enemy, he repeatedly detached large numbers of troops, under ineffective commanders, toward the capture of Berlin. In Napoleon and Berlin, Michael V. Leggiere explores Napoleon’s almost obsessive desire to capture Berlin and how this strategy ultimately lost him all of Germany.

Napoleon’s motives have remained a subject of controversy from his own day until ours. He may have hoped to deliver a tremendous blow to Prussia’s war-making capacity and morale. Ironically, the heavy losses and strategic reverses sustained by the French left Napoleon’s Grande Armee vulnerable to an Allied coalition that eventually drove Napoleon from Central Europe forever.

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“No other book in English . . . discusses the two campaigns conducted by Napoleon in North Germany . . . in as much scope.”Journal of Military History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806146560
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
11/18/2014
Series:
Campaigns and Commanders Series , #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
404
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Michael V. Leggiere is Assistant Professor and Deputy Director, Military History Center, University of North Texas, and author of Napoleon & Berlin: The Franco-Prussian War in North Germany, 1813 (OU Press, 2002), and The Fall of Napoleon, Vol. I: The Allied Invasion of France, 1813-181 (Cambridge, 2007).

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