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Napoleon Against Great Odds
  • Bandtyp: Inbunden
  • Språk: Engelska
  • Utgiven: 20100602
  • Antal sidor: 230
  • ISBN10:0313381909
  • ISBN13:9780313381904

Napoleon Against Great Odds


This revisionist history offers a fresh analysis of Napoleon and the French army as they defended their empire against the massive Coalition invasion of 1814.

French defeat in 1814 is too often shrugged off as the result of obvious and understandable factors. Napoleon Against Great Odds: The Emperor and the Defenders of France, 1814 challenges the widely accepted notion that war-weariness and internal political opposition to Napoleon were the decisive and direct causes of French defeat. At least as important, it argues, were material shortages, diplomatic missteps, and even faulty strategic planning on Napoleon's part.

The book not only traces the narrative of Napoleon's 1814 Campaign in France, but explores the formation of the French army tasked with defending France against the Coalition invasion. Diplomatic, political, and social factors are taken into account and the issue of war-weariness is analyzed carefully and critically. Each branch and arm of the French forces is examined, as are military mobilization under difficult circumstances and partisan and guerilla warfare. Designed to encourage fresh debate about the 1814 campaign, the book offers thought-provoking reading for scholars and general readers alike.

  • 20 drawings, engravings, and paintings, primarily from the 19th century
  • Maps depicting the invasion of France, Napoleon's 1814 campaign, and the Battle for Paris
  • Charts and tables examining some of the French regiments, including information regarding age, physical size, and civilian occupations of recruits
  • A bibliography of general works, monographs, and archival sources

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