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Napoleon's Wars by Charles J. Esdaile
Book DescriptionNo military figure in history has been quite as polarizing as Napoleon Bonaparte. Was he a monster, driven by an endless, ruinous quest for military glory? Or a social and political visionary brought down by petty, reactionary kings of Europe? In the most definitive account to date, respected historian Charles Esdaile argues that the chief motivating factor for Napoleon was his insatiable desire for fame. More than a myth-busting portrait of Napoleon, however, this volume offers a panoramic view of the armed conflicts that spread so quickly out of revolutionary France to countries as remote as Sweden and Egypt. Napoleon's Wars seeks to answer the question, What was it that made the countries of Europe fight one another for so long and with such devastating results? Esdaile portrays the European battles as the consequence of rulers who were willing to take the immense risks of either fighting or supporting Napoleon-risks that resulted in the extinction of entire countries. This is history writing equal to its subject-grand and ambitious.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781400139644
(178mm x 178mm x 45mm)
Imprint: Tantor Media, Inc
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
Publish Date: 17-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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Burgos in the Peninsular War, 1808-1814, Hardback (December 2014)
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Peninsular Eyewitnesses, Hardback (September 2008)
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Napoleon's Wars, Paperback (August 2008)» View all books by Charles J. Esdaile
Attempts to reframe our understanding of Napoleon. This book creates a different context for Napoleon's career. It sees the battles 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.
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Author Biography - Charles J. Esdaile
Charles Esdaile is a senior lecturer in history and the author of several books on history, including "The Peninsular War"and "Spain in the Liberal Age." One of "AudioFile" magazine's Golden Voices, Simon Prebble has received over twenty Earphones Awards and five Listen-Up Awards, and he has been a finalist fourteen times for an Audie Award. In 2006, "Publishers Weekly" named him Narrator of the Year, and he was named "Booklist"'s 2010 Voice of Choice.
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