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DODGE Theodore Ayrault, Napoleon's Invasion of Russia

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[...] Dodge's work on Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812 [recounts] Napoleon's doomed march on Russia. Dodge examines Napoleon's state of mind and the factors behind his decisions using personal letters and genuine reports. How could Napoleon, a proficient strategist, have led his army into such an atrocious situation and underestimated the severity of the Russian winter? In one of the most imposing invasions ever attempted - Napoleon could draw upon 600,000 men and 250,000 horses - the Grande Army's success seemed inevitable. Few could imagine that only 100,000 would reach Moscow and all without having achieved the decisive battle that Napoleon sought. Dodge sheds [...] light on Napoleon's character as a soldier by focusing on his personal matters and behaviour, putting aside his politcial concerns. [...]

From the Fondation
This a republication of parts of the third volume of Dodge's Napoleon. A History of the Art of War, From the Beginning of the French Revolution to the End of the Eighteenth Century, with a Detailed Account of the Wars of the French Revolution, Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and CO. 1907 p.747. It includes an introduction by George Nafziger.

About the author
Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Ayrault Dodge (1842–1909) was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He received a military education in Berlin and attended University College London. Returning to the United States in 1861, he enlisted as a Union officer during the American Civil War. He rose to the rank of brevet lieutenant colonel, losing his right leg at the battle of Gettysburg. He wrote extensively on the American Civil War before beginning his Great Captains series which includes Hannibal and Alexander the Great.

Place and publisher: Pen and Sword: Barnsley

Date of publication: 2008

This week’s book(s):

Description: From the publishers:
Marie-Louise's battle against adversity and pursuit of happiness outside conventional morality will appeal to anyone interested in an extraordinary story. It will also appeal to those interested in Napoleon who are prepared to open their minds to the other important facets of his very complex personality. Furthermore, Marie-Louise's tale is an inspiration to the woman of today. Napoleon's Other Wife is also ideally suited as recommended reading for "A" and higher level studies in the French Revolution, Napoleonic period and Italian Risorgimento.
Eighteen-year-old Habsburg Archduchess Marie-Louise leaves Vienna in 1810 to marry Napoleon Bonaparte, now Emperor of France. Among the crowds who welcome her are those who rejoiced as her great aunt Marie-Antoinette's severed head was flaunted seventeen years earlier. Marie-Louise believes her duty is to cement peace between Austria and France, but Klemens Metternich, foreign minister to her father, Emperor Francis, has other ideas.  He has engineered this marriage to change the course of European history. Within a year, Marie-Louise produces the dynastic heir expected of her and long desired by Napoleon. But his ill conceived invasion of Russia changes his fortunes irreversibly. Marie-Louise is forced to choose between her father and her husband when Emperor Francis declares war on Napoleon. She will have to fight for her existence for the rest of her life, not only for herself, but also for her son, to protect him against the Allies' vengeance. Despite the impossible pressures and irreconcilable demands upon her, she refuses to be cowed, strikes out for her own happiness and rides the currents which threaten to undo her.  Her achievements are nothing short of heroic.
This compelling narration of Marie-Louise's story in Napoleon's Other Wife, is unique, addressing the devastating impact of Napoleon's legacy on her private and political existence and revealing a woman of extraordinary resilience and courage.

Place and publisher: Rosa's Press

Date of publication: 2015

Number of pages: 528

Description: From the publishers:
Jeffrey N. Cox reconsiders the history of British Romanticism, seeing the work of Byron, the Shelleys, and Keats responding not only to the 'first generation' Romantics led by Wordsworth, but more directly to the cultural innovations of the Napoleonic War years. Recreating in depth three moments of political crisis and cultural creativity - the Peace of Amiens, the Regency Crisis, and Napoleon's first abdication - Cox shows how 'second generation' Romanticism drew on cultural 'border raids', seeking a global culture at a time of global war. This book explores how the introduction on the London stage of melodrama in 1803 shaped Romantic drama, how Barbauld's prophetic satire Eighteen Hundred and Eleven prepares for the work of the Shelleys, and how Hunt's controversial Story of Rimini showed younger writers how to draw on the Italian cultural archive. Responding to world war, these writers sought to embrace a radically new vision of the world.
- Reconceives the development of British Romanticism that recovers a lost literary epoch
- Discusses how writers, including Byron, Mary and Percy Shelley, and Keats, responded to the Napoleonic Wars
- Shows how Romantic era issues and forms still shape contemporary culture
For an overview of it's contents see this review by Philip Shaw, Professor of Romantic Studies at the University of Leicester, UK.

Place and publisher: New York, Cambridge University Press

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 276

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