Napoleon's Wars : An International History, 1803-1815 Paperback
No other soldier has provoked as much anger or as much fervour as Napoleon Bonaparte.
Was he a monster, driven on by an endless, ruinous quest for military adventure - or was he a social and political visionary, brought down by petty reactionaries clinging to their privileges?
Charles Esdaile's major new work reframes our understanding of Napoleon. "Napoleon's Wars" looks beyond the insatiable greed for glory to create a new, genuinely international context for Napoleon's career.
The battles themselves Esdaile sees as almost side-effects, the consequences of rulers being willing to take the immense risks of fighting or supporting Napoleon - risks that could result in the extinction of entire countries and regimes.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 656 pages, col. Illustrations, maps, col. ports.
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 28/08/2008
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780141014203
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Review by EdKupfer
This book is kind of the inverse of the military histories of the Napoleonic Wars that are so common: the author spends very little time on the battles themselves, and spend most of the pages putting those wars in context by showing the diplomatic maneuvering that took place between the European heads of state from the First Coalition to the Seventh.