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Historical Atlas of the Napoleonic Era Hardcover – 1 Feb 2004

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mercury Books London (1 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904668046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904668046
  • Product Dimensions: 30.6 x 22.5 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 548,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

ANGUS KONSTAM has written over a dozen books, including "The History of Shipwrecks "(page 128) and "The History of Pirates" (page 128). He is a scholar of maritime history, archaeology, and early European development. He was curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society Museum in Key West, Florida. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By F. Aetius on 22 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
First off it's worth pointing out that the title of this book is misleading, as this isn't really an atlas. Instead it's a basic narrative history of the Napoleonic era, with a few maps scattered here and there. A far better title for this book would have been An Illustrated guide to the Napoleonic Era; as it contains a wealth of full colour illustrations, from the era's paintings and political cartoons as well as other sources.

The book covers the whole of Napoleon's career in 12 chapters, from the French Revolution to the aftermath of the war, including a look at the War of 1812 in the Americas. Within these chapters are sections on the battles and events of the period, so for instance on Chapter three, which covers Napoleon's Egyptian campaign; we have sections on the battle of the Pyramids, the battle of the Nile, Nelson's navy etc. The book also comes with appendicies that cover Napoleon's art of war, the rating system of ships-of-war, and a guide to the marshals of France.

It's a great beginners guide to the Napoleonic era, as it covers all the main events and characters of the wars in enough detail considering the book's length. The numerous illustrations help compliment Mr. Konstam's text, which can be slightly dry at times. The book I believe is really well organised. So overall it's a worthy purchase for anyone who wants to learn about the Napoleonic Wars. If you're a Napoleon buff who is looking for detailed battlefield maps, then you should probably look elsewhere as this book doesn't really fit the bill, despite the title.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Great Reference! 30 Aug. 2006
By Stephan Bullard - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This books provides an excellent overview of the Napoleonic Era. It greatly helps readers understand the reasons way various campaigns were fought, their course and the battles involved, and their aftermaths. I strongly recommend this reference to anyone interested in the age of Napoleon, especially novices with little background in the Era.

I am a military history buff. I've always been interested in the Napoleonic Era, but I've had a hard time getting into it. The age has always seemed so confusing with the massive numbers of nations involved and the constantly switching alliances. This book has been a god-send. It clearly and concisely describes the course of all of the major campaigns of this period (1789-1815) and backs up the descriptions with numerous, colorful maps. In just a few nights this book has been able to help me feel competent about the course of the Napoleonic Wars. Readers familiar with the period will not gain as much from it as newcomers, but it should still be a handy desk reference.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful and exciting presentation of Napoleon's life 10 April 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Historical Atlas Of The Napoleonic Era is a beautiful and exciting presentation of French conqueror Napoleon's life, ambitions, battles, military genius, and legacy. Full-color maps, artworks and illustrations on every page add a visceral touch to descriptions of battles, Napoleon's tactics, and also his most costly mistakes. Though Napoleon's warfare spread misery to many, his dream of a unified Europe persisted long after his passing and is realized today, at least in part, by an increasingly synchronized Europe and the introduction of a single European currency. Historical Atlas Of The Napoleonic Era is an exciting and detailed chronicle of a turbulent era in European history, and a welcome addition to personal and library history collections.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
For the novice 16 Aug. 2004
By C. Falzone - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The book is well presented and well done graphically, but suffers by trying to be too much at once. It would have been better had the author settled on one topic. The title may be a little misleading, if its an Atlas you want, then spend another $80.00 and get the Miitary History and Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars re:published by Stackpole, written by Elting et al at the US Military academy. For a surface glance and for a novice it will suffice.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful Summary of the Napoleonic Period 30 April 2005
By W. B. Smith - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book provides an excellent summary of the Napoleonic period. Although not a true atlas in its own right (as there are not enough maps to justify this), the maps that are provided show the positions and movements of French and opposing forces in some key battles and campaigns. However, the book is more than just an atlas, as it brilliantly summarizes the events (both political and military) and incorporates beautiful artwork from the period. The book covers events from the French Revolution, Napoleons first campaign in Italy, the Egyptian, Austerlitz, Jena-Auerstadt, Wagram, Russian, National Liberation and Waterloo campaigns and exile. Also included is the War of 1812 between Great Britain and the United States, perhaps suggesting the Napoleonic wars were indeed the real 1st World War.

This is truely a beautiful book and well written, but some people may criticise it for its lack of in-depth detail. However, one feels that the book was never designed to go into minute detail, otherwise the work would be spread over many large volumes. It is a magnificent summary as an atlas, pictorial and narrative of the Napoleonic Era. Recommended reading and visual treat.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Napoleon in Technicolor 26 Mar. 2010
By Donald Katz - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This Atlas is without a doubt the best Napoleonic Wars Atlas I've ever purchased and I have 3 others. It is well written , well illustrated and very informative. A definite winner , right alongside the previous best and will replace Phillip Haythornthwaites as my number one reference
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