WARS AGAINST NAPOLEON, THE: Debunking the Myth of the Napoleonic Wars

WARS AGAINST NAPOLEON, THE: Debunking the Myth of the Napoleonic Wars

renowned and scholarly background provides a one-dimensional snapshot of Napoleon as an inveterate instigator of struggle who time and again sought large-scale army conquests. normal Franceschi and Ben Weider dismantle this fake end within the Wars opposed to Napoleon, a brilliantly written and researched research that turns our figuring out of the French emperor on its head.

Avoiding the simplistic cliche's and rudimentary caricatures many historians use whilst discussing Napoleon, Franceschi and Weider argue persuasively that the cartoon of the megalomaniac conqueror who bled Europe white to meet his delirious objectives and insatiable love for struggle is groundless. through conscientiously scrutinizing the proof of the interval and scrupulously fending off the occasionally complicated reason and impression of significant old occasions, they paint a compelling portrait of a essentially pacifist Napoleon, one thoroughly at odds with glossy scholarly concept.

This rigorous highbrow presentation is predicated upon 3 significant topics. the 1st explains how an unavoidable belligerent scenario existed after the French Revolution of 1789. the hot France inherited through Napoleon was once confronted with the implacable hatred of reactionary ecu monarchies decided to revive the traditional regime. All-out battle was once for that reason inevitable except France renounced the trendy international to which it had simply painfully given start. the second one subject emphasizes Napoleon's made up our minds efforts ("bordering on an obsession," argue the authors) to prevent this inevitable clash. The political technique of the Consulate and the Empire used to be in keeping with the intangible precept of stopping or heading off those wars, no longer on conquering territory. ultimately, the authors research, clash by way of clash, the proof that Napoleon by no means declared battle. As he later defined at Saint Helena, it was once he who used to be continuously attacked-not the wrong way round. His adversaries confused or even compelled the Emperor to hire his unmatched army genius. After each one of his memorable victories Napoleon provided concessions, frequently extravagant ones, to the defeated enemy for the only goal of warding off one other struggle.

Lavishly illustrated, persuasively argued, and thoroughly illustrated with unique maps and conflict diagrams, The Wars opposed to Napoleon offers a brave and uniquely actual historic concept that would certainly arouse lively debate in the foreign old community.


"Weider and Franceschi's extraordinary new "must learn" publication shatters the parable of the so-called "Napoleonic Wars" and compels a long-overdue reevaluation of identical to Napoleon as easily a "war loving conqueror." Jerry D. Morelock, PhD, ARMCHAIR normal Editor in leader (May 2008 issue)

"... the authors argue strongly, persuasively, and intellectually for what's, basically, the opposite aspect of the standard tale. they are going to definitely impress debate in the historic neighborhood at any place there's curiosity during this interval. steered for all libraries including to their Napoleonic collections."D. Poremba, Library magazine, 01/2008

"supported with maps and diagrams, this brave booklet is a truly interesting read." Skirmish journal 04/08

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