The Napoleonic Wars: A Very Short Introduction
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The Napoleonic Wars have an important place in the history of Europe, leaving their mark on European and world societies in a variety of ways. In many European countries they provided the stimulus for radical social and political change - particularly in Spain, Germany, and Italy - and are frequently viewed in these places as the starting point of their modern histories.
In this Very Short Introduction, Mike Rapport provides a brief outline of the wars, introducing the tactics, strategies, and weaponry of the time. Presented in three parts, he considers the origins and course of the wars, the ways and means in which it was fought, and the social and political legacy it has left to the world today.
Place and publisher: Oxford: OUP
Date of publication: 2013
Number of pages: 168
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Place and publisher: London: W H Allen
Date of publication: 2014
Number of pages: 448
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