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Britain and the Defeat of Napoleon, 1807-1815

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This account of the final years of Britain's long war against Revolutionary and Napoleonic France places the conflict in a new - and wholly modern - perspective. Rory Muir looks beyond the purely military aspects of the struggle to show how the entire British nation played a part in the victory. His book provides a total assessment of how politicians, the press, the crown, ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published March 27th 1996 by Yale University Press (first published February 6th 1996)
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'Aussie Rick'
Jun 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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I found this book surprisingly very easy to read and it held my interest throughout. It covered most facets of Britain's role in the war against Napoleon. As the previous review mentions it looks at why the British Government carried out certain policies and the affects of those policies on it's field army under Wellington, its continental allies and the rest of the countries and people involved in the Napoleonic Wars.

This was a very interesting and enjoyable account of the war against Napoleon
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Peter
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm pretty sure that I've had this book since it came out in '96, and it's been collecting dust on my shelves over the intervening years. However in the last few years I've become more captivated by the Congress of Vienna and "The Hundred Days"...and finally grabbed this off the stacks. I'm sad to say that I took so long to read this one -- it's a fantastic read.

Muir does a wonderful job of painting in the small details of the primary characters involved in Britain's long wars against Napoleon.
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Rob Markley
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Slightly unusual decision to only focus on the winning years without the essential back ground - one would almost have expected a prequel to follow, but no. That said, one of the best histories of the Napoleonic era ever
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Rory Muir is visiting research fellow, University of Adelaide. His previously published books include a highly praised study of Wellington’s great triumph at Salamanca and the edited letters of Alexander Gordon, Wellington’s confidential aide-de-camp. He lives in Australia.
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