The Experience of War in Spain and Portugal 1808-1813
By (author) Charles J. Esdaile
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Peninsular Eyewitnesses by Charles J. Esdaile
Book DescriptionMany books have been written about the British struggle against Napoleon in the Peninsula. A few recent studies have given a broader view of the ebb and flow of a long war that had a shattering impact on Spain and Portugal and marked the history of all the nations involved. But none of these books has concentrated on how these momentous events were perceived and understood by the people who experienced them. Charles Esdaile has brought together a vivid selection of contemporary accounts of every aspect of the war to create a panoramic yet minutely detailed picture of those years of turmoil. The story is told through memoirs, letters and eyewitness testimony from all sides. Instead of generals and statesmen, we mostly hear from less-well-known figures - junior officers and ordinary soldiers and civilians who recorded their immediate experience of the conflict.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781844151912
(234mm x 156mm x 36mm)
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Charles J. Esdaile
Napoleon, France and Waterloo, Hardback (November 2016)
A thought-provoking study of a neglected aspect of one of the decisive episodes in French and European history.
Burgos in the Peninsular War, 1808-1814, Hardback (December 2014)
For a full month in the autumn of 1812 the 2,000-strong garrison of the fortress the French had constructed to overawe the city of Burgos defied the Duke of Wellington. In this work a leading historian of the Peninsular teams up with a leading conflict archaeologist to examine the reasons for Wellington's failure.
Napoleon's Wars, Paperback (August 2008)
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.
Fighting Napoleon, Hardback (March 2004)» View all books by Charles J. Esdaile
Delving deeply into previously untapped archival resources, Charles Esdaile arrives at a new view of the Spanish guerrillas. Tracking down the bandit armies and assessing their contributions, Esdaile offers important insights into the famous 'little war' and the motives of those who fought it.
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