The Cambridge History of the Napoleonic Wars: Volume 1, Politics and Diplomacy

Author(s) : BROERS Michael (Eds), COLSON Bruno (Ed), DWYER Philip (Eds), FORREST Alan (ed.), HICKS Peter (eds.), MIKABERIDZE Alexander (Eds)
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The Cambridge History of the Napoleonic Wars: Volume 1, Politics and Diplomacy

Volume 1: Politics and Diplomacy
(Coordinators: Broers Michael, Dwyer Philip)

Volume I of The Cambridge History of the Napoleonic Wars covers the international foreign political dimensions of the wars and the social, legal, political and economic structures of the Empire. Leading historians from around the world come together to discuss the different aspects of the origins of the Napoleonic Wars, their international political implications and the concrete ways the Empire was governed. This volume begins by looking at the political context that produced the Napoleonic Wars and setting it within the broader context of eighteenth century great power politics in the Age of Revolution. It considers the administration and governance of the Empire, including with France’s client states and the role of the Bonaparte family in the Empire. Further chapters in the volume examine the war aims of the various protagonists and offer an overall assessment of the nature of war in this period.

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Volume 2: Fighting the Napoleonic Wars
(Coordinators: Colson Bruno, Mikaberidze Alexander)

The Napoleonic Wars saw almost two decades of brutal fighting. Fighting took place on an unprecedented scale, from the frozen wastelands of Russia to the rugged mountains of the Peninsula; from Egypt’s Lower Nile to the bloody battlefield of New Orleans. Volume II of The Cambridge History of the Napoleonic Wars provides a comprehensive guide to the Napoleonic Wars and weaves together the four strands – military, naval, economic, and diplomatic – that intertwined to make up one of the greatest conflicts in history. Written by a team of the leading Napoleonic scholars, this volume provides an authoritative and comprehensive analysis of why the nations went to war, the challenges they faced and how the wars were funded and sustained. It sheds new light not only on the key battles and campaigns but also on questions of leadership, strategy, tactics, guerrilla warfare, recruitment, supply, and weaponry.

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Volume 3: Experience, Culture and Memory
(Coordinators: Alan ForrestPeter Hicks)

Volume III of The Cambridge History of the Napoleonic Wars moves away from the battlefield to explore broader questions of society and culture. Leading scholars from around the globe show how the conflict left its mark on virtually every aspect of society. They reflect on the experience of the soldiers who fought in them, examining such matters as military morale, ideas of honour and masculinity, the treatment of wounds and the fate of prisoners-of-war; and they explore social issues such as the role of civilians, women’s experience, trans-border encounters and the roots of armed resistance. They also demonstrates how the experience of war was inextricably linked to empire and the wider world. Individual chapters discuss the depiction of the Wars in literature and the arts and their lasting impact on European culture. The volume concludes by examining the memory of the Wars and their legacy for the nineteenth-century world.

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Alan Forrest is Emeritus Professor of Modern History at the University of York. His previous publications include Napoleon’s Men: The Soldiers of the Revolution and Empire (2002), The Legacy of the French Revolutionary Wars: The Nation-in-Arms in French Republican Memory (2009), Napoleon (2011), Waterloo (2015), and The Death of the French Atlantic: Trade, War and Slavery in the Age of Revolution (2020). He is co-editor of The Routledge Companion to the French Revolution in World History (2016).

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Cambridge University Press
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Vol 1: 508 ; vol 2: 758; vol 3: 688
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