Dancing into Battle by Nick Foulkes
Look inside with Google Book Preview
Dancing into Battle
By Nick Foulkes

Dancing into Battle

A Social History of the Battle of Waterloo

By (author) See other recent books by Nick Foulkes
Format: Hardback

Checking availability...



Dancing into Battle by Nick Foulkes

Book Description

The battle in which Napoleon was finally defeated by British, Dutch, Belgian and German forces commanded by Wellington, and the Prussians under von Blucher, on 18 June 1815 at Waterloo in Belgium has become one of the most famous in history. Battles were then localised affairs: Waterloo was fought on a piece of land approximately the size of Central Park or the combined areas of London's Hyde, Green and St James's Parks. Parks are an apt analogy, lending the sense that war was something of a social occasion. The famous quote about the battle having been 'won on the playing-fields of Eton' has a resonance that goes beyond its apparent fatuity. For a good many of the men who fought at Waterloo, war was something of a sporting occasion in England. Indeed the sense of Waterloo as a 'school match' is reinforced by such images as the Duke of Richmond turning up at the battle to cheer on his sons who were fighting. However, there are few social and sporting occasions that end with 56,000 dead, dying and wounded men, and at least 10,000 horses in a similar state strewn across an area the size of Central Park. Nick Foulkes' brilliantly realised portrait of the eve of battle brings a fresh perspective to this turning-point in European history.

Buy Dancing into Battle book by Nick Foulkes from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.


Book Details

ISBN: 9780297850786
ISBN-10: 0297850784
Format: Hardback
(240mm x 160mm x 30mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 23-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions...


Books By Author Nick Foulkes

Uman: The Essays 9 by Nick Foulkes Uman: The Essays 9, Hardback (September 2012)

Explores the sources of men's costume - sports, discovery, passions - to reveal the traditions and ethos at the basis of the ideal wardrobe.

Uman: The Essays 2 by Nick Foulkes Uman: The Essays 2, Hardback (August 2011)

Presents a series of commentaries by contemporary connoisseurs (authors, journalists, and cultured men), who explore the sources of men's costume sports, discovery, passions to reveal the traditions and ethos at the basis of the ideal wardrobe.

Uman: The Essays 6 by Nick Foulkes Uman: The Essays 6, Hardback (August 2011)

Presents a series of commentaries by contemporary connoisseurs (authors, journalists, and cultured men), who explore the sources of men's costume sports, discovery, passions to reveal the traditions and ethos at the basis of the ideal wardrobe.

Gentlemen and Blackguards by Nick Foulkes Gentlemen and Blackguards, Paperback (May 2011)

Men, money, duelling and murder: welcome to the infamous Derby race of 1844 and the gambling mania that gripped early 19th century Britain.

» View all books by Nick Foulkes

Reviews

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Dancing into Battle book by Nick Foulkes and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write a book review


Author Biography - Nick Foulkes

Formerly Associate Editor of the Evening Standard's ES magazine, Nick Foulkes writes regularly for the Financial Times, Country Life and the Mail on Sunday's 'Night and Day'.

Boomerang Bucks close

For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.

Recent books by Nick Foulkes close
Uman: The Essays 9 by Nick Foulkes
Uman: The Essays 2 by Nick Foulkes
Uman: The Essays 6 by Nick Foulkes
Gentlemen and Blackguards by Nick Foulkes
Mikimoto by Nick Foulkes
Trench Book by Nick Foulkes
Dancing into Battle by Nick Foulkes
Dunhill by Design by Nick Foulkes
»
BoomerangBooks.com.au close