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Europe's great powers formed two powerful coalitions against France, yet force of numbers, superior leadership and the patriotic fervor of France's citizen-soldiers not only defeated each in turn, but closed the era of small, professional armies fighting for limited political objectives. This period produced commanders such as Napoleon and Nelson, whose names remain a by-word for excellence to this day. From Italy to Egypt Napoleon demonstrated his strategic genius and mastery of tactics in battles including Rivoli, the Pyramids and Marengo. Nelson's spectacular sea victories at the Nile and Copenhagen were foretastes of a century of British naval supremacy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781579583651
ISBN-10: 1579583652
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 96
Imprint: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 11-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Gregory Fremont-Barnes

The Series Editor of Essential Histories is Professor Robert O'Neill, Chichele Professor of the History of War at Oxford University.

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