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A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!,
This review is from: The Dictionary of the Napoleonic Wars (Wordsworth Military Library) (Paperback)The late DAVID CHANDLER was a leading authority specialising in the Napoleonic Era and in DICTIONARY OF THE NAPOLEONIC WARS he brings his full, extensive knowledge to bear in a massive 570 page volume.
CHANDLER has certainly produced a masterpiece here. There is much fascinating and detailed information on over 1200 subjects ranging from personalities of the day to events and battle tactics. The layout is indeed superb. Each entry is alphabetically listed and can be easily cross referenced with others, while many of the more famous people have passport sized black and white pictures to accompany their biography. Napoleon himself has several as his entry is naturally the longest in the book and spans several pages. The battles are supplied with detailed maps of the relevant landscape and unit positions which adds further perspective to the clear and concise narrative.
Despite being about the Napoleonic Wars, there are also other subjects touched upon which help bring events into context with those around the globe. Entries include the unrest in Ireland as well as the British campaign in America, while The Terror and Revolutionary Wars are also included too. This means the battles of Valmy and New Orleans, for example, are described in detail despite not being directly connected with much of the other subject matter.
To the back of the book is an interesting appendix running to 59 pages detailing Napoleon's movements from the start of the 1796 Italian campaign right up to him disembarking on St Helena in 1815 for his second (and final) exile. Also the 14 page Chronological Table is well worth a look.
Many thousands of books have been written about the Napoleonic Wars, its famous battles and personalities, yet in my view this tome ranks amongst the very best of them!
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