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FRASER TERJANIAN Anoush, Commerce and Its Discontents in Eighteenth-Century French Political Thought [Hardcover]

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The roots of modern commerce and the origins of economics are usually traced to Adam Smith and his alleged celebration of free trade. Questioning this conventional story, Anoush Fraser Terjanian uncovers ambivalence towards commerce in eighteenth-century France. Through careful analysis of the Enlightenment's best-selling history of comparative empires, the History of the Two Indies (1780), her study offers a new perspective on the connections between political economy, imperialism, and the Enlightenment.

Place and publisher: Cambridge University Press

Date of publication: 2012

Number of pages: 240

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"To coincide with the 2015 bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, Osprey publishes Waterloo 1815, a definitive three volume history of the historic battle. Based on new research drawn from unpublished first-hand accounts and illustrations, Waterloo 1815 provides a detailed resource for all aspects of the famous battle.
This first volume of the trilogy, Quatre Bras, focuses on the lead-up to Waterloo itself. Two days before the main battle, an initial 8,000 Allied troops faced the 48,000 men of the French Armée du Nord under Marshal Ney at the strategically vital crossroads of Quatre Bras. Having been tricked by Napolean who was trying to drive a wedge between the Prussians and the Anglo-allied army, Wellington concentrated his troops at Quatre Bras, hoping to link up with the Prussians. There Wellington just managed to hold off Ney's attacks. The battle ended in a tactical stalemate but, because he was unable to join with Blücher's Prussians, Wellington retreated back along the road to Brussels to new positions at a small Belgian village called Waterloo, and thus set the stage for one of the greatest battles of all time.
With detailed maps, illustrations and battlefield dispositions, Quatre Bras will lay the groundwork for any student of the Battle of Waterloo."

Place and publisher: London, Osprey

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 96

Description: From the publishers:
"Waterloo 1815 is a captivating study of the battle of Waterloo, one of the defining campaigns in European history. In particular it focuses on the desperate struggle for Ligny, which saw the Prussians pushed back after heavy fighting by the French Army in what was to be Napoleon's last battlefield victory. With Wellington unable to assist his Prussian allies in time, the Prussian centre was overwhelmed as night began to fall, although the flanks were able to retreat in some semblance of order.

Stunning illustrations augment the drama of the fighting in this area while considerable new research drawn from unpublished first-hand accounts provide a detailed and engaging resource for all aspects of the battle."
Second in John Franklin's series illustrated by Gerry Embleton.
Volume 1 
Volume 3

Place and publisher: London, Osprey

Date of publication: 2015

Number of pages: 96

Description: (Forthcoming June 2015)
From the publishers:
"Waterloo is one of the defining campaigns of European history. The name conjures up images of the terrible scale and grandeur of the Napoleonic Wars and the incredible, combined effort that finally ended Napoleon's aspirations of power in Europe. Drawn from unpublished first-hand accounts and detailed illustrations, this comprehensive volume is the ideal resource for studying the intense fighting at the battles of Waterloo and Wavre, the final, decisive engagements of the Waterloo campaign. Those two battles are at the heart of this study, which explores the action at Mont St. Jean where Wellington managed to hold the French at bay until the arrival of the Prussians under Blücher saw the Allies secure a hard-fought victory at the dramatic climax of the '100 days'."
Third in John Franklin's series illustrated by Gerry Embleton.
Volume 1
Volume 2

Place and publisher: London, Osprey

Date of publication: 2015

Number of pages: 96

Description: Radio editor and historian Günter Müchler's latest book on the ‘100 days that left Europe quaking in its boots' relates the story of ‘the invasion of a country by a single man', as Chateaubriand termed it. A period of extreme tension for France and the rest of Europe, the 100 days herald the end of the ancien régime and the dawn of a new era. Müchler's work spans Napoleon's first abdication in Fontainebleau in 1814 until his exile in Saint Helena. 

Language: German

Place and publisher: Darmstadt, Theiss-Verlag

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 256

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