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Victoria's Wars: The Rise of Empire

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  145 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
In Victoria's Wars: The Rise of Empire Saul David explores the early part of Queen Victoria's reign,when the British Empire was well on the way to becoming the greatest empire the world had ever seen.

This is the story of how it happened and the people who made it happen. In a fast-moving narrative ranging from London to the harsh terrain of India, Russia and the Far East,
Hardcover, 503 pages
Published January 4th 2006 by Not Avail (first published 2006)
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Apr 23, 2009 Mark rated it really liked it
An excellent factual companion for fans of the Flashman books, specifically covering the years from Victoria's assention to the throne and Alberts death. Covers the First Afgan War, the Opium Wars, Indian Mutiny and the Crimea. As it only covers up to Prince Alberts death in 1861 it doesn't cover Zulu Wars and Sudan.
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Aug 04, 2016 Imran Said rated it really liked it
'Victoria's Empire: Rise of Empire' deals with the wars of Empire fought by Great Britain from the accession of Queen Victoria on 20th of June 1837, to the death of her consort Prince Albert on December 14th, 1861. In the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, Britain was left ascendant as the sole superpower on the world stage. Her navy sailed unchallenged throughout the world's oceans, while her army, despite remaining somewhat outdated and backwards in certain practices, had gained a formidable ...more
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May 19, 2007 russell barnes rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Who needs Flashman when you can have the historial truth behind George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman novels? Well, obviously me but the thing is David Saul gives amusing historial facts behind Flashman's swaggering derring do!
Jukka Särkijärvi
There is a school of thought that says only historians are qualified to review history books. I can certainly see where they're coming from, since honestly, though I think the writing is good and the treatment is interesting, I don't feel like I can judge whether David's depiction of the events is utter bull or not. Fortunately, I can say that the book came recommended to me by a friend who did his Master's thesis in history, and I figure he wouldn't recommend me any old drivel.

So, I can't reall
Roderick Gladwish Gladwish
As a fan of the Flashman novels - as is Mr David - I've been fascinated by Britain's colonial wars. This book gives the facts behind the fiction, whether from Flashman or 'popular history'. Full of detail, I found it a little dry. It is the tiny details, I thought made the book. Surprises, there were a few. Top three:

That the British democratic system didn't always lead to a two party system - during the Victorian era sometimes there were five or so large parties that danced in and out of coalit
Mar 16, 2014 Chris rated it liked it
A very interesting book about the various wars fought all over the globe by the formidable armed forces of the British Empire under the rule of Queen Victoria

The book covers several wars including the Indian Mutiny, Opium Wars, the (first) Afgan war, the war against the Sikhs etc but also has some very interesting facts about the life of Queen Victoria herself, her views and stances of the wars of her people and, of course, the life and death of the popular and much-loved Prince Albert whose unt
Feb 22, 2013 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good description of the wars of the first half of Victoria's reign, as much describing the evolution of the British army from a bunch of bungling toffs into something vaguely professional as the evolution of British imperial policy. Sadly it ends with Albert's death and doesn't explore the Victorian expansion into Africa and the conversion of a commercial hotch-potch into an ideological and propaganda concept.

Overall I enjoyed the book, Saul David keeps key characters such at the fore and demo
Anthony Nelson
Jul 21, 2016 Anthony Nelson rated it liked it
An excellent series of battle narratives framed around the life of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Only a 3 star because it doesn't add an enormous amount beyond the obvious, but if you only want to read one book about these conflicts (first brit afghan war, sepoy mutiny, punjab, 1st burma war, opium war) this book is excellent, but there are better books available about each individual conflict. What this book does do is offer some information about the reform of the british army and ...more
John Gordon
Jan 20, 2013 John Gordon rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
A readable look at the wars of Victorian Britain from the 1830's to 1860's. Tied in with the Queens' perspective we look at the political factors along with the campaigns and battles. This narrative is interspersed with interesting anecdotes from civilians, soldiers and officers who were there. This is a book for a military history buff, and a delight to read.
Lauren Albert
Jan 30, 2012 Lauren Albert rated it liked it
Shelves: history-british
This book should have been titled "Victorian Wars" because there wasn't much of Victoria in either the wars or the book. David visits her periodically at the beginning and ending of chapters but otherwise her role is negligible. Most of the book is about strategy, tactics and battles. Really only for military history buffs.
Jun 01, 2015 Reverenddave rated it liked it
Shelves: war, history, africa
Having read more substantial works on most of the wars in question, this book felt like an incredibly quick read. Saul David does a very good job in succinctly recapping the wars and connecting them through the development of the titular monarch. A solid introduction to the topic.
Oct 24, 2013 Matthew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping for more discussion on the politics of the day. Rather it was a blow by blow account of the major battles in the big significant wars that were fought during the first half of Queen Victoria's rule. I was disappointed.
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SAUL DAVID was born in Monmouth in 1966 and educated at Ampleforth College and Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities (History MA and PhD).

An expert in the wars of the Victorian period, he began writing his first history book when he was twenty-five and has since completed eight more. They include: The Homicidal Earl: The Life of Lord Cardigan (1997), a critically-acclaimed biography of the man who le
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