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Marengo and Hohenlinden: Napoleon's Rise to Power

Marengo and Hohenlinden: Napoleon's Rise to Power
Autor: James R. Arnold
Data publikacji: 2005-09
ISBN: 9781844152797
Wydawca: LEO COOPER
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 15.9 x 1.3 x 23.5 cm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 320
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In a tense, crowded thirty-three days in the autumn of 1799, Napoleon Bonaparte organized a coup and made himself dictator of France. Yet his position was precarious. He knew that France would accept his rule only if he gained military victories that brought peace. James Arnold, in this detailed and compelling account, describes the extraordinary campaigns that followed. At Marengo Bonaparte defeated the Austrians and his fellow general Jean Moreau beat the combined Austrian and Bavarian armies at Hohenlinden. These twin campaigns proved decisive. Bonaparte's dictatorship was secure and his enemies across Europe were forced into a 15-year struggle to overthrow him.

After reading Napoleon in Egypt, a really wonderful book that looks not only the military but social and scientific aspects of the French invasion of Egypt in the late 18th century, I purchased this title from the same imprint, Pen & Sword Books. Reading this second title has made me a true fan of this label. In Marengo & Hohenlinden: Napoleon's Rise to Power, James Arnold shows us what a piece of military scholarship should look like. Extensively footnoted, well-written, extensive in its analysis, and (most importantly) containing extensive maps and battlefield photos! This last point cannot be too much emphasized. Too many reviews of military campaigns rely almost exclusively on the written word to convey their point - if the reader doesn't know the minutia of 18th-century political boundaries and geographical locations, it can be extremely frustrating trying to understand just what "the army traveled to xxx city" means. How far? In what direction? Over what terrain? In too many books these questions are never addressed. Arnold, on the other hand, deals with these questions by placing frequent maps in the text. Additionally, he does something almost unheard-of: he includes actual photographs of battlefield locations. This allows the reader to understand EXACTLY what was going on in the battles, as terrain often dictates battles.



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