Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany 2 Volume Set: The Franco-Prussian War of 1813

Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany 2 Volume Set: The Franco-Prussian War of 1813

by Michael V. Leggiere

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Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany 2 Volume Set: The Franco-Prussian War of 1813 by Michael V. Leggiere

This two-volume set is the first comprehensive history of the campaigns that determined control of Germany following Napoleon's catastrophic defeat in Russia. Michael V. Leggiere reveals how, in the spring of 1813, Prussia, the weakest of the Great Powers, led the struggle against Napoleon as a war of national liberation. Using German, French, British, Russian, Austrian and Swedish sources, he provides a panoramic history ranging from the mobilization of the belligerents, strategy and operations to coalition warfare, diplomacy and civil-military relations. He examines the strategy, military operations and battles in Germany from Napoleon's initial campaign which drove the Russo-Prussian army to the banks of the Oder and the verge of defeat to the epic four-day Battle of Nations at Leipzig and Napoleon's retreat to France. This study not only highlights the breakdown of Napoleon's strategy in 1813, but constitutes a fascinating study in coalition warfare, international relations, and civil-military relations.

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ISBN-13: 9781107098091
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/23/2015
Series: Cambridge Military Histories
Pages: 1376
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.80(d)

About the Author

Michael V. Leggiere earned his PhD from Florida State University in 1997 after completing work at FSU's Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution. His first book, Napoleon and Berlin: The Franco-Prussian War in North Germany, 1813 (2002) won the La Société Napoléonienne Internationale 2002 Literary Award. His article, 'From Berlin to Leipzig: Napoleon's Gamble in North Germany, 1813', which appeared in the January 2003 volume of The Journal of Military History, won the Society for Military History's 2004 Moncado Prize for excellence in military history. Dr Leggiere's second book, The Fall of Napoleon: The Allied Invasion of France, 1813–1814 (Cambridge University Press, 2007) won the La Société Napoléonienne Internationale 2008 Literary Award. Dr Leggiere's third book, Blücher: Scourge of Napoleon, was published in February 2014. Dr Leggiere has conducted extensive archival research in Paris, Vienna, and Berlin in 1994, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2009 and topographic research in Germany, France, and Poland in 1998, 2002, and 2013. He is an active member of the Society for Military History, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Consortium on the Revolutionary Era. In 2005 he received the La Société Napoléonienne Internationale Legion of Merit Award for Outstanding Contributions to Napoleonic Studies.

Table of Contents

Volume 1. The War of Liberation, Spring 1813: Preface; 1. Odd man out; 2. A new coalition; 3. Saxony; 4. The Saale; 5. Großgörschen; 6. The Elbe; 7. Bautzen; 8. The Prussian Thermopylae; 9. Silesia; Assessment; Bibliography; Index. Volume 2. The Defeat of Napoleon: Introduction; 1. Trachenberg and Reichenbach; 2. The Silesian army; 3. 'The infamous conduct of the Prussians'; 4. Löwenberg; 5. Goldberg; 6. The Katzbach; 7. Blücher's hare hunt; 8. 'Nothing more remains than to have them shot dead'; 9. Lusatia; 10. The Middle Elbe; 11. The Mulde; 12. Hide and seek; 13. Opening round; 14. 'A battle of the most obstinate and sanguinary class'; 15. The battle of Leipzig; 16. Race to the Rhine; Assessment; Bibliography; Index.

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