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This vividly illustrated history of the Napoleonic Wars documents the wars' origins in the French Revolution, narrates Napoleon's victories at Austerlitz and Jena, and concludes with his defeats in the Iberian peninsula, Russia, and finally at Waterloo. Author Gunther E. Rothenberg describes how Napoleon transformed interstate warfare into a system of relentless conquest,This vividly illustrated history of the Napoleonic Wars documents the wars' origins in the French Revolution, narrates Napoleon's victories at Austerlitz and Jena, and concludes with his defeats in the Iberian peninsula, Russia, and finally at Waterloo. Author Gunther E. Rothenberg describes how Napoleon transformed interstate warfare into a system of relentless conquest, creating a military superpower on a scale not seen since the Roman Empire. Though eventually defeated, Napoleon's model of conquest set a pattern that was to be revived by modern totalitarian states, and their opponents.A sweeping examination of the rise, triumph, and eventual downfall of Napoleon, a man whose military genius forever changed the face of war.Analysis of Napoleon's system of waging war, and the strategies that allowed him to create a singularly powerful army.A look at the profound influence of Napoleonic conquest on warfare of the modern era....

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ISBN : 9780060851217
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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  • Sean Chick
    2018-10-12 08:35

    My thesis still holds true: the contemporary British cannot seem to write about Napoleon without making him a deranged proto-Hitler. Even the French, who can be too kind to him, have shown far more range. Oh, and this book can be hard to follow unless you are into the era. If you are, as I am, you'll be let down by the lack of interesting ideas.

  • Brian
    2018-10-03 05:25

    A good overview of the Era, getting a sense of the major players and the main battles. But it also lacked an organization and felt like the author jumped without really concluding the current situation. The maps seemed to be a key focus on the back of the book but I find most lackluster. The text didn't seem to relate well to the maps and it was hard to find apparent key places, as if the text didn't consult the map and vice versa. Plus, you only need so many generals on horseback paintings. More could have been devoted to the different national troops or focus on charts explaining the coalitions, for example.

  • Zach
    2018-09-26 10:38

    "The disaster that followed could have been foreseen. Prussia was isolated - invoking the glorious past could not conceal the fact that the army had become a museum piece." p. 95"At Tilsit Napoleon stood at the zenith of his power." p. 108"Napoleon judged the series of battles in Bavaria, 20-24 April, among his most brilliant operations." p. 121 "When Wellington face Napoleon at Waterloo only 31,000 officers and men of his 67,000-strong army were British." p. 136"Curiously, neither Napoleon, Wellington nor indeed any major commander had much interest in new technology. None the less, British artillery introduced two technological innovations during the conflict. The first was shrapnel - named after its inventor Lieutenant Shrapnel, Royal Artillery." p. 137

  • Andrew Lord
    2018-10-10 08:40

    Not only an engaging read overall, but great use of images and maps to illustrate the brilliance (and sometimes overconfidence) of Napoleon and his thrusting of Europe into 'modern' warfare. It was interesting to learn Napoleonic tactics, and then (in retrospect) recognize those tactics still in force throughout the Civil War and even World War I.

  • Matt
    2018-10-04 07:29

    This book has nice maps, and is a pretty decent overview of the Napoleonic Wars.... But it does not give any context, and a newcomer to this period or war such as myself will be easily swept away with all the names and places. I am not sure how much of this I will be able to retain without having a lot of knowledge before going into the book.

  • Ben B
    2018-09-23 06:39

    Disappointing. This book came up when I searched "John Keegan" and "Napoleonic Wars." Unfortunately Keegan is the general editor of something called the "Smithsonian History of Warfare," and neither wrote nor edited this book.

  • Mike
    2018-10-19 06:50

    Good intro book on Napoleonic battles and campaigns. Don't look for in depth analysis but there are some insights sprinkled throughout. Nice use of maps and period artwork to add to the theme. A good level setting book if you are starting from ground zero

  • Jesse
    2018-09-20 08:41

    This book is not for the historical faint of heart. This is hardcore strategy and historical detail at its best. If your interested in greatness though, than this is a great choice. This is a fantastic peek into the mind of one of history's greatest leaders and strategist.

  • John Robertson
    2018-10-04 06:42

    Perfect primer for the period, liberal smattering of interesting technical stuff too but poorly edited maps let it down with incorrect dates on some. If you want to "get into" this period of Military period then this the book for you.

  • Billy
    2018-09-30 07:44

    A whirlwind review of the Napoleonic Wars in just over 200 pages. Maps of the major battles are plentiful. A good resource for the Napoleonic novice and probably not a bad addition for the expert. However, in this edition, the index is completely off.

  • Matthew
    2018-09-22 10:44

    Great information but a tough read as the prose is really dry.

  • José
    2018-09-27 10:25

    I had always wanted to read something on Napoleon's most famous battles and this did the trick.

  • Leigh
    2018-10-04 06:33

    Pretty good overview of the Napoleonic Wars. In the end, the French bully set the conditions for his own defeat. Lots of maps help to keep the story moving.

  • John
    2018-10-08 08:47

    A 3.5Satiated my thirst for Napoleon's battles.

  • Nathan
    2018-10-10 08:50

    Very brief, but useful as an overview of the subject.

  • Jomar Angeles
    2018-10-08 10:45

    I like !9th century warfares

  • Alex
    2018-09-19 04:45

    This book lost me in a wilderness of place names and generals' names. It could've done with less detail and more of the big picture.

  • Eric
    2018-10-07 07:50

    Dull, mostly about tactical maneuvers, didn't get into any of the social structure.