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FOSTER Russ E., Wellington and Waterloo: The Duke, The Battle and Posterity 1815-2015

<i>Wellington and Waterloo</i> ©The History Press, 2014

Wellington and Waterloo ©The History Press, 2014


From the publishers:
The Battle of Waterloo was a defining moment in world history. Rightly, the battle has been immortalised and 2015 sees the bi-centenary of the battle. Wellington and Waterloo is the first book to analyse and trace how perceptions of the battle have changed over two hundred years. Waterloo made didn't just make nations and history. Waterloo also made a man. In the aftermath of victory, Wellington was the most feted man in Europe. Despite this, Wellington lived much of his life in the shadows of supposedly greater men. Wellington spent much of his life compared with his brother in India, Napoleon on the battlefield and Lord Liverpool and Sir Robert Peel in the Tory party.
Wellington and Waterloo merges two crucial historical disciplines; military history and the historical biography. The end product is a fascinating and necessary restoration of the Duke's reputation as a commander, politician and a man. Foster proves that Wellington remains as important to history as the battle he won.
• Explores how the battle defined the man, both in private and public
• Includes previously unpublished sources, offering fresh insight into the great leader

Place and publisher: Stroud: The History Press

Date of publication: 2014

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"...The French Piedmontese campaign in 1859 was carefully coordinated by the two powers. It required meticulous political and military planning to succesfully wage war and oust the Habsburgs from the Italian peninsula. This war is often overlooked in military histories outside of Italy, and overshadowed by the American Civil War and the Wars of German Unification. Nevertheless, the Second War of Italian Independence witnessed the first strategic and operational use of railroads, steamships, rifled muskets and artillery. Furthermore, the battles fought in 1859 invovled the largest armies since the Napoleonic Wars..."

Place and publisher: Rome: Ufficio Storico

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 380

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