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The Battle of Waterloo

Author: Jeremy Black
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The name Waterloo has become synonymous with final, crushing defeat. Now this legendary battle is re-created in a groundbreaking book by an eminent British military historian making his major American debut. Revealing how and why Napoleon fell in Belgium in June 1815, The Battle of Waterloo definitively clears away the fog that has, over time, obscured the truth." "With fresh details and interpretations, Jeremy  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Napoleon, Emperor of the French; Arthur Wellesley Wellington, Duke of; Napoleon, Emperor of the French; Arthur Wellesley Wellington, Duke of
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremy Black
ISBN: 9781400067374 1400067375 9781588369963 158836996X
OCLC Number: 326529044
Description: xv, 236 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Preface --
1: Eighteenth-century warfare and the challenge of revolution --
2: Napoleon's generalship --
3: British army --
4: Napoleonic regime falls, 1812-14 --
5: Emperor fights back --
6: Battle: early stages --
7: Later stages --
8: Waterloo: a defensive triumph --
9: Aftermath --
10: Waterloo and nineteenth-century warfare --
11: Conclusion: Locating Waterloo --
Postscripts --
Selected further reading --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Jeremy Black.

Abstract:

"The name Waterloo has become synonymous with final, crushing defeat. Now this legendary battle is re-created in a groundbreaking book by an eminent British military historian making his major American debut. Revealing how and why Napoleon fell in Belgium in June 1815, The Battle of Waterloo definitively clears away the fog that has, over time, obscured the truth." "With fresh details and interpretations, Jeremy Black places Waterloo within the context of the warfare of the period, showing that Napoleon's modern army was beaten by Britain and Prussia with techniques as old as those of antiquity, including close-quarter combat. Here are the fateful early stages, from Napoleon's strategy of surprise attack - perhaps spoiled by the defection of one of his own commanders - to his younger brother's wasteful efforts assaulting the farm called Hougoumont. And here is the endgame, including Commander Michel Ney's botched cavalry charge against the Anglo-Dutch line and the solid British resistance against a series of French cavalry strikes, with Napoleon "repeating defeat and reinforcing failure."" "More than a guide to an armed conflict, The Battle of Waterloo is a portrait of the men who fought it: Napoleon, the bold emperor who had bullied other rulers and worn down his own army with too many wars, and the steadfast Duke of Wellington, who used superior firepower and a flexible generalship in his march to victory."--Jacket.

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