The Napoleonic Wars (Smithsonian History of Warfare)

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A complete history of the Napoleonic Wars, from their origins in the French Revolution, through Napoleon's fantastic victories at Austerlitz and Tulsit, to his defeats in the Iberian Peninsular, Russia, and finally at Waterloo. Napoleon, inheritor of the armies of the French Revolution, transformed inter-state warfare into a pan-continental system of conquest on a scale not seen since Alexander the Great and the Romans. The French Revolution had shown how a country's whole population and resources could be mobilised in the service of an ideal, and Napoleon extended this to embrace Europe itself. His model of a military superpower, though eventually defeated, set a pattern which was to be revived by totalitarian states, and their opponents, in the 20th century.

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Paperback. Pub the Date: January. 2006 Pages: 240 in Publisher by: HarperCollins Publishers 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 ...

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A vivid, illustrated history of the Napoleonic Wars, from their origins in the French Revolution, through Napoleon¿s fantastic victories at Austerlitz and Jena, to his defeats in the Iberian Peninsular, Russia and finally at Waterloo.

Napoleon, inheritor of the armies of the French Revolution, transformed inter-state warfare into a pan-continental system of conquest on a scale not seen since Alexander the Great and the Romans. His model of a military superpower, though eventually defeated, set a pattern which was to be revived by totalitarian states, and their opponents, in the twentieth century.

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