Napoleon's Wars

Publisher : Penguin
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ISBN : 1101464372
Pages : 656 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (11 users)

Download or read book Napoleon's Wars written by Charles Esdaile and published by Penguin. This book was released on 2009-10-27 with total page 656 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A glorious?and conclusive?chronicle of the wars waged by one of the most polarizing figures in military history Acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic as a new standard on the subject, this sweeping, boldly written history of the Napoleonic era reveals its central protagonist as a man driven by an insatiable desire for fame, and determined ?to push matters to extremes.? More than a myth-busting portrait of Napoleon, however, it offers a panoramic view of the armed conflicts that spread so quickly out of revolutionary France to countries as remote as Sweden and Egypt. As it expertly moves through conflicts from Russia to Spain, Napoleon?s Wars proves to be history writing equal to its subject?grand and ambitious?that will reframe the way this tumultuous era is understood.

The Peninsular War

Publisher : St. Martin's Press
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ISBN : 1466892366
Pages : 640 pages
Rating Book: 4.6/5 (466 users)

Download or read book The Peninsular War written by Charles Esdaile and published by St. Martin's Press. This book was released on 2015-03-17 with total page 640 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: At the end of the 18th century Spain remained one of the world's most powerful empires. Portugal, too, was prosperous at the time. By 1808, everything had changed. Portugal was under occupation and ravaged by famine, disease, economic problems and political instability. Spain had imploded and worse was to come. For the next six years, the peninsula was the helpless victim of others, suffering perhaps over a million deaths while troops from all over Europe tore it to pieces. Charles Esdaile's brilliant new history of the conflict makes plain the scope of the tragedy and its far-reaching effects, especially the poisonous legacy that produced the Spanish civil war of 1936-9.

Peninsular Eyewitnesses

Publisher : Pen and Sword
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ISBN : 1844151913
Pages : 304 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (844 users)

Download or read book Peninsular Eyewitnesses written by Charles Esdaile and published by Pen and Sword. This book was released on 2008-09-30 with total page 304 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Many books have been written about the British struggle against Napoleon in the Peninsula. A few recent studies have given a broader view of the ebb and flow of a long war that had a shattering impact on Spain and Portugal and marked the history of all the nations involved. But none of these books has concentrated on how these momentous events were perceived and understood by the people who experienced them. Charles Esdaile has brought together a vivid selection of contemporary accounts of every aspect of the war to create a panoramic yet minutely detailed picture of those years of turmoil. The story is told through memoirs, letters and eyewitness testimony from all sides. Instead of generals and statesmen, we mostly hear from less-well-known figures - junior officers and ordinary soldiers and civilians who recorded their immediate experience of the conflict.

The Spanish Civil War

Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 0429859295
Pages : 392 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (429 users)

Download or read book The Spanish Civil War written by Charles J Esdaile and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2018-10-10 with total page 392 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Spanish Civil War: A Military History takes a new, military approach to the conflict that tore Spain apart from 1936 to 1939. In many histories, the war has been treated as a primarily political event with the military narrative subsumed into a much broader picture of the Spain of 1936–9 in which the chief themes are revolution and counter-revolution. While remaining conscious of the politics of the struggle, this book looks at the war as above all a military event, and as one in whose outbreak specifically military issues – particularly the split in the armed forces produced by the long struggle in Morocco (1909–27) – were fundamental. Across nine chapters that consider the war from beginning to endgame, Charles J. Esdaile revisits traditional themes from a new perspective, deconstructs many epics and puts received ideas to the test, as well as introducing readers to foreign-language historiography that has previously been largely inaccessible to an anglophone audience. In taking this new approach, The Spanish Civil War: A Military History is essential reading for all students of twentieth-century Spain.

30-Second Napoleon

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ISBN : 1782407553
Pages : 160 pages
Rating Book: 4.8/5 (782 users)

Download or read book 30-Second Napoleon written by Charles Esdaile and published by . This book was released on 2019-02-14 with total page 160 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Almost two centuries since his death, Napoleon Bonaparte remains the subject of vigorous debate. On one side are those with a romantic attachment to ideals of liberty and democracy, on the other are those who would rather see him as an ambitious warlord, bent on establishing a colonial empire in the heart of Europe. 30-Second Napoleon takes in both viewpoints, presenting an engrossing introduction to one of the most recognizable figures in history and one of extraordinary interest whichever point of view you take, romantic or pragmatic: one who did much to modernize Europe, and who stood for both a powerful state and for rational and efficient government, plus such principles as equality before the law and the career open to talent--achievements that explain his continued fascination for so many people.

Women in the Peninsular War

Publisher : University of Oklahoma Press
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ISBN : 0806147636
Pages : 336 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (86 users)

Download or read book Women in the Peninsular War written by Charles J. Esdaile and published by University of Oklahoma Press. This book was released on 2014-08-07 with total page 336 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In the iconography of the Peninsular War of 1808–14, women are well represented—both as heroines, such as Agustina Zaragosa Domenech, and as victims, whether of starvation or of French brutality. In history, however, with its focus on high politics and military operations, they are invisible—a situation that Charles J. Esdaile seeks to address. In Women in the Peninsular War, Esdaile looks beyond the iconography. While a handful of Spanish and Portuguese women became Agustina-like heroines, a multitude became victims, and here both of these groups receive their due. But Esdaile reveals a much more complicated picture in which women are discovered to have experienced, responded to, and participated in the conflict in various ways. While some women fought or otherwise became involved in the struggle against the invaders, others turned collaborator, used the war as a means of effecting dramatic changes in their situation, or simply concentrated on staying alive. Along with Agustina Zaragoza Domenech, then, we meet French sympathizers, campfollowers, pamphleteers, cross-dressers, prostitutes, amorous party girls, and even a few protofeminists. Esdaile examines many social spheres, ranging from the pampered daughters of the nobility, through the cloistered members of Spain’s many convents, to the tough and defiant denizens of the Madrid slums. And we meet not just the women to whom the war came but also the women who came to the war—the many thousands who accompanied the British and French armies to the Iberian peninsula. Thanks to his use of copious original source material, Esdaile rescues one and all from, as E. P. Thompson put it, “the enormous condescension of posterity.” And yet all these women remain firmly in their historical and cultural context, a context that Esdaile shows to have emerged from the Peninsular War hardly changed. Hence the subsequent loss of these women’s story, and the obscurity from which this book has at long last rescued them.

The Wars of the French Revolution

Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1351174525
Pages : 344 pages
Rating Book: 4.5/5 (351 users)

Download or read book The Wars of the French Revolution written by Charles J Esdaile and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2018-08-30 with total page 344 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Wars of the French Revolution, 1792–1801 offers a comprehensive and jargon-free coverage of this turbulent period and unites political, social, military and international history in one volume. Carefully designed for undergraduate students, through twelve chapters this book offers an introduction to the origins and international context of the French Revolution as well as an in-depth examination of the reasons why war began. Aspects unpicked within the book include how France acquired a de facto empire stretching from Holland to Naples; the impact of French conquest on the areas concerned; the spread of French ideas beyond the frontiers of the French imperium; the response of the powers of Europe to the sudden expansion in French military power; the experience of the conflicts unleashed by the French Revolution in such areas as the West Indies, Egypt and India; and the impact of war on the Revolution itself. Offering extensive geographical coverage and challenging many preconceived ideas, The Wars of the French Revolution, 1792–1801 is the perfect resource for students of the French Revolution and international military history more broadly.

Outpost of Empire

Publisher : University of Oklahoma Press
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ISBN : 0806187999
Pages : 520 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (86 users)

Download or read book Outpost of Empire written by Charles J. Esdaile and published by University of Oklahoma Press. This book was released on 2012-03-18 with total page 520 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Napoleon’s forces invaded Spain in 1808, but two years went by before they overran the southern region of Andalucía. Situated at the farthest frontier of Napoleon’s “outer empire,” Andalucía remained under French control only briefly—for two-and-a-half years—and never experienced the normal functions of French rule. In this groundbreaking examination of the Peninsular War, Charles J. Esdaile moves beyond traditional military history to examine the French occupation of Andalucía and the origins and results of the region’s complex and chaotic response. Disillusioned by the Spanish provisional government and largely unprotected, Andalucía scarcely fired a shot in its defense when Joseph Bonaparte’s army invaded the region in 1810. The subsequent French occupation, however, broke down in the face of multiple difficulties, the most important of which were geography and the continued presence in the region of substantial forces of regular troops. Drawing on British, French, and Spanish sources that are all but unknown, Esdaile describes the social, cultural, geographical, political, and military conditions that combined to make Andalucía particularly resistant to French rule. Esdaile’s study is a significant contribution to the new field sometimes known as occupation studies, which focuses on the ways a victorious army attempts to reconcile a conquered populace to the new political order. Combining military history with political and social history, Outpost of Empire delineates what we now call the cultural terrain of war. This is history that moves from battles between armies to battles for hearts and minds.

Popular Resistance in the French Wars

Publisher : Springer
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ISBN : 0230522998
Pages : 233 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (23 users)

Download or read book Popular Resistance in the French Wars written by Charles Esdaile and published by Springer. This book was released on 2004-12-14 with total page 233 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In the Napoleonic period warfare ceased to be a matter for armies alone, but also became an affair of the people. So, at least, runs the usual claim. In Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany and Russia outraged peasants and townsfolk rose against the French armies and fell upon them without mercy. From these insurrections we get the modern word 'guerrilla', but did armed civilians really play an important a role in the struggle? In this collection of essays a group of specialists on the Napoleonic epoch tease out the question, and arrive at some startling conclusions.

Napoleon, France and Waterloo

Publisher : Pen and Sword
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ISBN : 1473870828
Pages : 272 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (473 users)

Download or read book Napoleon, France and Waterloo written by Charles J. Esdaile and published by Pen and Sword. This book was released on 2016-11-30 with total page 272 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: So great is the weight of reading on the subject of the Waterloo campaign that it might be thought there is nothing left to say about it, and from the military viewpoint, this is very much the case. But one critical aspect of the story has gone all but untold – the French home front. Little has been written about the topic in English, and few works on Napoleon or Revolutionary and Napoleonic France pay it much attention. It is this conspicuous gap in the literature that Charles Esdaile explores in this erudite and absorbing study. Drawing on the vivid, revealing material that is available in the French archives, in the writings of soldiers who fought in France in 1814 and 1815 and in the memoirs of civilians who witnessed the fall of Napoleon or the Hundred Days, he gives us a fascinating new insight into the military and domestic context of the Waterloo campaign, the Napoleonic legend and the wider situation across Europe.

The French Wars 1792-1815

Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1134748132
Pages : 112 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (134 users)

Download or read book The French Wars 1792-1815 written by Charles Esdaile and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2002-01-22 with total page 112 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A highly original and critical introduction to the revolutionary and napoleonic conflicts. It illuminates the less well-known areas of the subject, such as the changing atttitude of the French people towards Napoleon, as well as providing a balanced account of the campaigns of Wellington and Napoleon. Based on current historiography, this book discusses the expansion of France, the extent to which Napoleon was responsible for this success, and the events leading up to his subsequent exile. It also provides a clear examination of each of the coalitions which fought against France.

Napoleon: Ascent to Power

Publisher : Penguin
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ISBN : 069814578X
Pages : 86 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (698 users)

Download or read book Napoleon: Ascent to Power written by Charles Esdaile and published by Penguin. This book was released on 2013-07-09 with total page 86 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A panoramic chronicle of Napoleon Bonaparte’s rise to power—excerpted from celebrated historian Charles Esdaile’s masterwork Napoleon’s Wars Napoleon’s Wars offers a definitive account of the violent conflicts that seethed within Europe from the end of the Peace of Amiens in 1803 to the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, recognizing not only the role of Napoleon himself, but also of the larger forces at play during this tumultuous era. In this excerpt, acclaimed historian Charles Esdaile chronicles the shifting European alliances and simmering enmities in the closing years of the 18th century and follows the rise of young Napoleon from misfit schoolboy to the conquering hero of France. Stripping away myth and fabrication to lay bare the future ruler of the French Empire’s vainglorious nature and obsessive lust for power, Esdaile reveals the young Corsican as a master manipulator, who time and again bends political tensions, cultural conflict, and military strategy toward his own aims. A selection from the work the Economist has called “explanatory history of high order,” Napoleon: Ascent to Power offers a wide-ranging explanation of the circumstances that led the countries of Europe to fight each other so ferociously for so long, and a portrait of the man who pushed the conflict to new heights of devastation.

The Wars of Napoleon

Publisher : Taylor & Francis
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ISBN : 9780582059559
Pages : 417 pages
Rating Book: 4.5/5 (59 users)

Download or read book The Wars of Napoleon written by Charles J. Esdaile and published by Taylor & Francis. This book was released on 1995 with total page 417 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Charles Esdaile spans the whole of Europe and beyond, he looks at the Napoleonic Wars as a whole, placing them in their political, social and economic context; he examines how and why they were fought; and he assesses their impact on the countries engaged in them.

The French Wars 1792-1815

Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1134748124
Pages : 112 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (134 users)

Download or read book The French Wars 1792-1815 written by Charles Esdaile and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2002-01-22 with total page 112 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A highly original and critical introduction to the revolutionary and napoleonic conflicts. It illuminates the less well-known areas of the subject, such as the changing atttitude of the French people towards Napoleon, as well as providing a balanced account of the campaigns of Wellington and Napoleon. Based on current historiography, this book discusses the expansion of France, the extent to which Napoleon was responsible for this success, and the events leading up to his subsequent exile. It also provides a clear examination of each of the coalitions which fought against France.

Britain's Rise to Global Superpower in the Age of Napoleon

Publisher : Frontline Books
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ISBN : 1526775441
Pages : 320 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (526 users)

Download or read book Britain's Rise to Global Superpower in the Age of Napoleon written by William Nester and published by Frontline Books. This book was released on 2020-12-14 with total page 320 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The first study to explore all Britain’s key land and sea campaigns from 179–1815 and the two military geniuses who vanquished France. The art of power consists of getting what one wants. That is never more challenging than when a nation is at war. Britain fought a nearly nonstop war against first revolutionary then Napoleonic France from 1793 to 1815. During those twenty-two years, the government formed, financed, and led seven coalitions against France. The French inflicted humiliating defeats on the first five. Eventually Britain and its allies prevailed, not once but twice, by vanquishing Napoleon temporarily in 1814 and definitively in 1815. French revolutionaries had created a new form of warfare, which Napoleon perfected. Never before had a government mobilized so much of a realm’s manpower, industry, finance, and patriotism, nor, under Napoleon, wielded it more effectively and ruthlessly to pulverize and conquer one’s enemies. Britain struggled up a blood-soaked learning curve to master this new form of warfare. With time the British made the most of their natural strategic and economic advantages. Britons were relatively secure and prosperous in their island realm. British merchants, manufacturers, and financiers dominated global markets. The Royal Navy not only ruled the waves that lapped against the nation’s shores but those plowed by international commerce around the world. Yet even with those assets victory was not inevitable. Two military geniuses are the most vital reasons why Britain and its allies vanquished France when and how they did. General Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington and Admiral Horatio Nelson respectively mastered warfare on land and at sea. Of the hundreds of books on the era, none before has explored all of Britain’s land and sea campaigns from the first in 1793 to the last in 1815. This vividly written, meticulously researched book lets readers experience each level of war from the debates over grand strategy in London to the horrors of combat engulfing soldiers and sailors in distant lands and seas. Haunting voices of participants echo from two centuries ago, culled from speeches, diaries, and letters. Britain's Rise to Global Superpower in the Age of Napoleon reveals how decisively or disastrously the British army and navy wielded the art of military power during the Age of Revolution and Napoleon.

Fighting Napoleon

Publisher : Walter de Gruyter
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ISBN : 9780300101126
Pages : 272 pages
Rating Book: 4.0/5 (11 users)

Download or read book Fighting Napoleon written by Charles J. Esdaile and published by Walter de Gruyter. This book was released on 2004 with total page 272 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Alongside the Spanish army in the campaign against Napoleon (1808-1814) was an assortment of freebooters, local peasants, and bandits who were organized into ad hoc regional private armies. These "guerrillas"--a term introduced to the English language during the Peninsular War--ambushed French convoys, attacked French encampments, and pounced upon, dodged, and fought French columns, often with extreme brutality. This book investigates for the first time the irregular Spanish forces and their role in resisting Napoleon. Delving deeply into previously untapped archival resources, Charles Esdaile arrives at an entirely new view of the Spanish guerrillas. He shows that the Spanish war against Napoleon was something other than the great popular crusade of legend, that many guerrillas were not armed civilians acting spontaneously, and that guerrillas were more often driven by personal motives than high-minded ideology. Tracking down the bandit armies and assessing their contributions, Esdaile offers important insights into the famous "little war" and the motives of those who fought it.

Peninsular Eyewitnesses

Publisher : Pen and Sword
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ISBN : 1473817153
Pages : 304 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (473 users)

Download or read book Peninsular Eyewitnesses written by Charles Esdaile and published by Pen and Sword. This book was released on 2008-09-30 with total page 304 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Many books have been written about the British struggle against Napoleon in the Peninsula. A few recent studies have given a broader view of the ebb and flow of a long war that had a shattering impact on Spain and Portugal and marked the history of all the nations involved. But none of these books has concentrated on how these momentous events were perceived and understood by the people who experienced them. Charles Esdaile has brought together a vivid selection of contemporary accounts of every aspect of the war to create a panoramic yet minutely detailed picture of those years of turmoil. The story is told through memoirs, letters and eyewitness testimony from all sides. Instead of generals and statesmen, we mostly hear from less-well-known figures - junior officers and ordinary soldiers and civilians who recorded their immediate experience of the conflict.