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  • Published: 30 September 2008
  • ISBN: 9780141909462
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 656
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Napoleon's Wars

An International History, 1803-1815



The book that goes beyond the legend, discovering the real Napoleon and looking afresh at the wars his quest for glory created

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.

  • Published: 30 September 2008
  • ISBN: 9780141909462
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 656
Categories:

About the author

Charles Esdaile

Charles Esdaile is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Liverpool. He is the author of The Wars of Napoleon, The French Wars, 1792-1815, The Spanish Army in the Peninsular War, The Duke of Wellington and the Command of the Spanish Army, 1812-14 and Spain in the Liberal Age, 1808-1939. Married with four young children, he lives near Formby.

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