By July 1807 Napoleon dominated most of Europe, the only gap in his continental system was the Iberian Peninsula. This text provides a history of the savage war which Napoleon considered insignificant, yet which ended in defeat for the French.
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‘The first brief and balanced account of the war to have appeared within our generation... a major achievement.' -- Michael Howard, Regius Professor of Modern History, Oxford UniversityBook Description:
'The first brief and balanced account of the war to have appeared within our generation. As the first work of a new young military historian it is a major achievement.' Michael Howard, Regius Professor of Modern History, Oxford University
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Book Description George Allen & Unwin., 1986. Book Condition: Very Good. First. Hard Cover. Book- VG+. DJ- VG, protective covered. 9.5x6.5. 557pp. Many b/w photos & maps. Bookseller Inventory # 1548178
Book Description George Allen, London Uk, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Edition. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 554 pages, b & w illus. Bookseller Inventory # 015893
Book Description George Allen & Unwin, London, 1986. Hardback. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. THE SPANISH ULCER A History of the Peninsular War. David Gates. George Allen & Unwin, London 1986 First edition ISBN 0049400797 558pp Illustrated Hardback. This copy is in fine unmarked condition, bright, white, tight and square. The unclipped dust wrapper is sunned to the spine otherwise fine. David Gates' treatment of the Iberian conflict has no equal and remains the best single-volume history of Napoleon's unfortunate Spanish adventure. Gates' work is comprehensive, well-researched and clearly written. Unlike most British Peninsular authors Gates follows in the footsteps of Oman and gives a balanced objective account giving credit to both the conventional and irregular Spanish forces, and does a masterful job of dealing with the French as well. He eschews the usual hero-worship of Wellington and does find the Iron Duke human after all (particularly some of his ill-advised sieges). He accompanies his solid research with a useful chronology, some short biographical details, and some very good order of battle work. Illustrated with over 100 maps and fifty contemporary illustrations. Ref EE4 Size: 558pp. Bookseller Inventory # 010294