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Napoleon On War by Bruno Colson

Title Napoleon On War
Author Bruno Colson
Publisher OUP Oxford
Release Date 2015-05-14
Category History
Total Pages 560
ISBN 9780191508769
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This is the book on war that Napoleon never had the time or the will to complete. In exile on the island of Saint-Helena, the deposed Emperor of the French mused about a great treatise on the art of war, but in the end changed his mind and ordered the destruction of the materials he had collected for the volume. Thus was lost what would have been one of the most interesting and important books on the art of war ever written, by one of the most famous and successful military leaders of all time. In the two centuries since, several attempts have been made to gather together some of Napoleon's 'military maxims', with varying degrees of success. But not until now has there been a systematic attempt to put Napoleon's thinking on war and strategy into a single authoritative volume, reflecting both the full spectrum of his thinking on these matters as well as the almost unparalleled range of his military experience, from heavy cavalry charges in the plains of Russia or Saxony to counter-insurgency operations in Egypt or Spain. To gather the material for this book, military historian Bruno Colson spent years researching Napoleon's correspondence and other writings, including a painstaking examination of perhaps the single most interesting source for his thinking about war: the copy-book of General Bertrand, the Emperor's most trusted companion on Saint-Helena, in which he unearthed a Napoleonic definition of strategy which is published here for the first time. The huge amount of material brought together for this ground-breaking volume has been carefully organized to follow the framework of Carl von Clausewitz's classic On War, allowing a fascinating comparison between Napoleon's ideas and those of his great Prussian interpreter and adversary, and highlighting the intriguing similarities between these two founders of modern strategic thinking.

Napoleon On War by Napoleon I (Emperor of the French)

Title Napoleon on War
Author Napoleon I (Emperor of the French)
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
Release Date 2015
Category History
Total Pages 484
ISBN 9780199685561
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The first ever systematic and authoritative compilation of Napoleon's thinking on war, this is as close as we will ever get to the great book on war that Napoleon contemplated but never had the time or the will to complete in his last years in exile on Saint-Helena.

Title Napoleon on the Art of War
Author Jay Luvaas
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2001-07-11
Category History
Total Pages 208
ISBN 9780743216845
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Napoleon. The passage of time has not dimmed the power of his name. A century and a half after his death, Napoleon remains the greatest military genius of the modern world. Yet unlike Machiavelli, Clausewitz, or Sun Tzu, his name has not crowned any single literary work. The subject of thousands of biographies and treatises on warfare, he is the author of none. Until now. The great general and conqueror of Europe may not have written any books, but he was a prolific writer. Thousands of his missives to subordinates survive, and these documents reflect the broad range of a fearless and incisive mind. From them, military historian Jay Luvaas has wrought a seamless whole. Luvaas has spent decades culling, editing, and arranging Napoleon's thoughts into coherent essays and arguments. In the remarkable result. Napoleon speaks without interruption in a work that will forever change the way we view him. Luvaas covers every subject Napoleon wrote about, from the need for preparation -- "Simply gathering men together does not produce real soldiers; drill, instruction, and skill is what makes real soldiers." -- to the essence of victory -- "To win is not enough: It is necessary to profit from success." On education, leadership, strategy and history, Napoleon speaks with an authority unique to those who have ruled a continent. In these pages lies the wisdom of a giant who knew life's greatest achievements and its lowest lows: triumph and conquest, exile and disgrace. Whether you are a student of military strategy or a business professional eager to learn from the greatest manager of personnel that the world has ever known, Napoleon on the Art of War has something for you. From the specifies of Napoleon's use of cavalry and unique reliance upon artillery to an all-encompassing vision of life from a man of supreme confidence and success, you'll find it here. This is the only straightforward explanation of Napoleon's campaigns and philosophy by the man himself.

Wars Against Napoleon by General Michel Franceschi

Title Wars Against Napoleon
Author General Michel Franceschi
Publisher Savas Beatie
Release Date 2008-02-04
Category History
Total Pages 264
ISBN 1611210291
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Popular and scholarly history presents a one-dimensional image of Napoleon as an inveterate instigator of war who repeatedly sought large-scale military conquests. General Franceschi and Ben Weider dismantle this false conclusion in The Wars Against Napoleon, a brilliantly written and researched study that turns our understanding of the French emperor on its head. Avoiding the simplistic clichés and rudimentary caricatures many historians use when discussing Napoleon, Franceschi and Weider argue persuasively that the caricature of the megalomaniac conqueror who bled Europe white to satisfy his delirious ambitions and insatiable love for war is groundless. By carefully scrutinizing the facts of the period and scrupulously avoiding the sometimes confusing cause and effect of major historical events, they paint a compelling portrait of a fundamentally pacifist Napoleon, one completely at odds with modern scholarly thought. This rigorous intellectual presentation is based upon three principal themes. The first explains how an unavoidable belligerent situation existed after the French Revolution of 1789. The new France inherited by Napoleon was faced with the implacable hatred of reactionary European monarchies determined to restore the ancient regime. All-out war was therefore inevitable unless France renounced the modern world to which it had just painfully given birth. The second theme emphasizes Napoleon’s determined efforts (“bordering on an obsession,” argue the authors) to avoid this inevitable conflict. The political strategy of the Consulate and the Empire was based on the intangible principle of preventing or avoiding these wars, not on conquering territory. Finally, the authors examine, conflict by conflict, the evidence that Napoleon never declared war. As he later explained at Saint Helena, it was he who was always attacked—not the other way around. His adversaries pressured and even forced the Emperor to employ his unequalled military genius. After each of his memorable victories Napoleon offered concessions, often extravagant ones, to the defeated enemy for the sole purpose of avoiding another war. Lavishly illustrated, persuasively argued, and carefully illustrated with original maps and battle diagrams, The Wars Against Napoleon presents a courageous and uniquely accurate historical idea that will surely arouse vigorous debate within the international historical community.

Napoleon S Wars by Charles Esdaile

Title Napoleon s Wars
Author Charles Esdaile
Publisher Penguin UK
Release Date 2008-08-28
Category History
Total Pages 672
ISBN 9780141909462
Language English, Spanish, and French
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No other soldier has provoked as much anger or as much fervour as Napoleon Bonaparte. Was he a monster, driven on by an endless, ruinous quest for military adventure – or was he a social and political visionary, brought down by petty reactionaries clinging to their privileges? Charles Esdaile’s major new work reframes our understanding of Napoleon. Napoleon’s Wars looks beyond the insatiable greed for glory to create a new, genuinely international context for Napoleon’s career. The battles themselves Esdaile sees 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.

Title The Art of Warfare in the Age of Napoleon
Author Gunther E. Rothenberg
Publisher Indiana University Press
Release Date 1980
Category History
Total Pages 272
ISBN 0253202604
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Some 12 years ago it was estimated that well over 300,000 works existed on this period and since then several thousand more have appeared. Therefore, it might be reasonably argued that there is little room for another volume. Nonetheless, this vast outpouring of literature has usually dealt with major leaders, specific battles or campaigns, and with certain branches of the service. Moreover, at least in English, the literature tends to concentrate primarily on the French or British armies. There appears to be a lack of works combining a description of the major changes and trends in the art of war, especially at the cutting edge of events, with a discussion of the French military establishment and the armies of the major opponents, British as well as continental. And while this book is only a brief survey, I do believe that it may serve as a contribution towards filling this gap in our historical knowledge of military institutions and fighting men.

The Napoleonic Wars by Alexander Mikaberidze

Title The Napoleonic Wars
Author Alexander Mikaberidze
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release Date 2020-01-13
Category History
Total Pages 352
ISBN 9780199951079
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Austerlitz, Wagram, Borodino, Trafalgar, Leipzig, Waterloo: these are the places most closely associated with the era of the Napoleonic Wars. But how did this period of nearly continuous conflict affect the world beyond Europe? The immensity of the fighting waged by France against England, Prussia, Austria, and Russia, and the immediate consequences of the tremors that spread throughout the world. In this ambitious and far-ranging work, Alexander Mikaberidze argues that the Napoleonic Wars can only be fully understood in an international perspective. France struggled for dominance not only on the plains of Europe but also in the Americas, West and South Africa, Ottoman Empire, Iran, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Mediterranean Sea, and the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Taking specific regions in turn, Mikaberidze discusses major political-military events around the world and situates geopolitical decision-making within its long- and short-term contexts. From the British expeditions to Argentina and South Africa to the Franco-Russian maneuvering in the Ottoman Empire, the effects of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars would shape international affairs well into the next century. In Egypt, the wars led to the rise of Mehmed Ali and the emergence of a powerful state; in North America, the period transformed and enlarged the newly established United States; and in South America, the Spanish colonial empire witnessed the start of national-liberation movements that ultimately ended imperial control. Skillfully narrated and deeply researched, here at last is the global history of the period, one that expands our view of the Napoleonic Wars and their role in laying the foundations of the modern world.

Blundering To Glory by Owen Connelly

Title Blundering to Glory
Author Owen Connelly
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
Release Date 2006
Category History
Total Pages 269
ISBN 0742553183
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Renowned for its accuracy, brevity, and readability, this book has long been the gold standard of concise histories of the Napoleonic Wars. Now in an updated and revised edition, it is unique in its portrayal of one of the world's great generals as a scrambler who never had a plan, strategic or tactical, that did not break down or change of necessity in the field. Distinguished historian Owen Connelly argues that Napoleon was the master of the broken play, so confident of his ability to improvise, cover his own mistakes, and capitalize on those of the enemy that he repeatedly plunged his armies into uncertain, seemingly desperate situations, only to emerge victorious as he "blundered" to glory. Beginning with a sketch of Napoleon's early life, the book progresses to his command of artillery at Toulon and the "whiff of grapeshot" in Paris that netted him control of the Army of Italy, where his incredible performance catapulted him to fame. The author vividly traces Napoleon's campaigns as a general of the French Revolution and emperor of the French, knowledgeably analyzing each battle's successes and failures. The author depicts Napoleon's "art of war" as a system of engaging the enemy, waiting for him to make a mistake, improvising a plan on the spot-and winning. Far from detracting from Bonaparte's reputation, his blunders rather made him a great general, a "natural" who depended on his intuition and ability to read battlefields and his enemy to win. Exploring this neglected aspect of Napoleon's battlefield genius, Connelly at the same time offers stirring and complete accounts of all the Napoleonic campaigns.

Napoleon S Cursed War by Ronald Fraser

Title Napoleon s Cursed War
Author Ronald Fraser
Publisher Verso Trade
Release Date 2008
Category History
Total Pages 587
ISBN UOM:39015073927520
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An authoritative history of the Peninsular War examines the factors that contributed to Napoleon's defeat against the Spanish guerrillas and their British and Portuguese allies, in an account that also traces the roles played by key figures and everyday people.

The Wars Of Napoleon by Charles J. Esdaile

Title The Wars of Napoleon
Author Charles J. Esdaile
Publisher Routledge
Release Date 2014-02-04
Category History
Total Pages 432
ISBN 9781317899181
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A survey of the Napoleonic Wars. The central theme is the scale of French military power and its impact on other European states from Portugal to Russia and from Scandinavia to Sicily.

Title The Napoleonic Wars Smithsonian History of Warfare
Author Gunther Rothenberg
Publisher Harper Perennial
Release Date 2006-01-31
Category History
Total Pages 240
ISBN 006085121X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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 downfall of Napoleon, a man whose military genius forever changed the face of war. Analysis of Napoleon's system of waging war, and the strategies that allowed him to create a singularly powerful army. A look at the profound influence of Napoleonic conquest on warfare of the modern era.

Napoleon S Maxims Of War by Napoleon I (Emperor of the French)

Title Napoleon s Maxims of War
Author Napoleon I (Emperor of the French)
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1861
Category Military art and science
Total Pages 186
ISBN HARVARD:HN6NFI
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Napoleon S 1796 Italian Campaign by Carl Von Clausewitz

Title Napoleon s 1796 Italian Campaign
Author Carl Von Clausewitz
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2018-09-25
Category History
Total Pages 352
ISBN 0700626751
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

First translation into English of Clausewitz's most important campaign history, which offers key insights into his theoretical classic On War.

The First Total War by David Avrom Bell

Title The First Total War
Author David Avrom Bell
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date 2007
Category History
Total Pages 420
ISBN 0618349650
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Describes how the Enlightenment and the French Revolution led to the first total war in history during the age of Napoleon, when embodiments of modern-day warfare such as conscription, guerrilla warfare, and unconditional surrender made their first appearance.

Title Napoleon and the Operational Art of War
Author Anonim
Publisher BRILL
Release Date 2016-02-18
Category History
Total Pages 572
ISBN 9789004310032
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

In Napoleon and the Operational Art of War, the leading scholars of Napoleonic military history provide the most authoritative analysis of Napoleon’s battlefield success and ultimate failure in a work that features the very best of campaign military history.

On The Napoleonic Wars by David G. Chandler

Title On the Napoleonic Wars
Author David G. Chandler
Publisher Greenhill Books/Lionel Leventhal
Release Date 1998-11
Category History
Total Pages 270
ISBN 1853673498
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An analysis of crucial moments in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars by one of the leading military historians of the twentieth century.

Title The War of 1812 in the Age of Napoleon
Author Jeremy Black
Publisher University of Oklahoma Press
Release Date 2014-11-05
Category History
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9780806145211
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The War of 1812 is etched into American memory with the burning of the Capitol and the White House by British forces, The Star-Spangled Banner, and the decisive naval battle of New Orleans. Now a respected British military historian offers an international perspective on the conflict to better gauge its significance. In The War of 1812 in the Age of Napoleon, Jeremy Black provides a dramatic account of the war framed within a wider political and economic context than most American historians have previously considered. In his examination of events both diplomatic and military, Black especially focuses on the actions of the British, for whom the conflict was, he argues, a mere distraction from the Napoleonic War in Europe. Black describes parallels and contrasts to other military operations throughout the world. He stresses the domestic and international links between politics and military conflict; in particular, he describes how American political unease about a powerful executive and strong army undermined U.S. military efforts. He also offers new insights into the war in the West, amphibious operations, the effects of the British blockade, and how the conflict fit into British global strategy. For those who think the War of 1812 is a closed book, this volume brims with observations and insights that better situate this “American” war on the international stage.

Russia Against Napoleon by Dominic Lieven

Title Russia Against Napoleon
Author Dominic Lieven
Publisher Penguin UK
Release Date 2009-10-01
Category History
Total Pages 656
ISBN 9780141947440
Language English, Spanish, and French
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'A compulsive page-turner ... a triumph of brilliant storytelling ... an instant classic that is an awesome, remarkable and exuberant achievement' Simon Sebag Montefiore Winner of the Wolfson History Prize and shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize In the summer of 1812 Napoleon, the master of Europe, marched into Russia with the largest army ever assembled, confident that he would sweep everything before him. Yet less than two years later his empire lay in ruins, and Russia had triumphed. This is the first history to explore in depth Russia's crucial role in the Napoleonic Wars, re-creating the epic battle between two empires as never before. Dominic Lieven writes with great panache and insight to describe from the Russians' viewpoint how they went from retreat, defeat and the burning of Moscow to becoming the new liberators of Europe; the consequences of which could not have been more important. Ultimately this book shows, memorably and brilliantly, Russia embarking on its strange, central role in Europe's existence, as both threat and protector - a role that continues, in all its complexity, into our own lifetimes.

Napoleon Bonaparte by Napoleon I (Emperor of the French)

Title Napoleon Bonaparte
Author Napoleon I (Emperor of the French)
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1963
Category
Total Pages 93
ISBN LCCN:63004046
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Napoleon On War by Bruno Colson

Title Napoleon On War
Author Bruno Colson
Publisher OUP Oxford
Release Date 2015-05-14
Category History
Total Pages 560
ISBN 9780191508776
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This is the book on war that Napoleon never had the time or the will to complete. In exile on the island of Saint-Helena, the deposed Emperor of the French mused about a great treatise on the art of war, but in the end changed his mind and ordered the destruction of the materials he had collected for the volume. Thus was lost what would have been one of the most interesting and important books on the art of war ever written, by one of the most famous and successful military leaders of all time. In the two centuries since, several attempts have been made to gather together some of Napoleon's 'military maxims', with varying degrees of success. But not until now has there been a systematic attempt to put Napoleon's thinking on war and strategy into a single authoritative volume, reflecting both the full spectrum of his thinking on these matters as well as the almost unparalleled range of his military experience, from heavy cavalry charges in the plains of Russia or Saxony to counter-insurgency operations in Egypt or Spain. To gather the material for this book, military historian Bruno Colson spent years researching Napoleon's correspondence and other writings, including a painstaking examination of perhaps the single most interesting source for his thinking about war: the copy-book of General Bertrand, the Emperor's most trusted companion on Saint-Helena, in which he unearthed a Napoleonic definition of strategy which is published here for the first time. The huge amount of material brought together for this ground-breaking volume has been carefully organized to follow the framework of Carl von Clausewitz's classic On War, allowing a fascinating comparison between Napoleon's ideas and those of his great Prussian interpreter and adversary, and highlighting the intriguing similarities between these two founders of modern strategic thinking.