- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Osprey Publishing (25 Sept. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841762830
- ISBN-13: 978-1841762838
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 25.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The French Revolutionary Wars (Essential Histories) Paperback – 25 Sep 2001
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"A very useful resource, especially, but by no means exclusively, in school and college libraries...these books offer very useful standardised accounts and are presented in very attractive and approachable volumes."
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About the Author
Gregory Fremont-Barnes holds a doctorate in Modern History from the University of Oxford and serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. A prolific author, his books include Waterloo 1815: The British Army's Day of Destiny and many others on military and naval subjects covering the 18th to the 21st centuries. Holding a particular interest in insurgency and counterinsurgency, his wider work for the UK Ministry of Defence on these subjects regularly takes him to Africa, the Middle East and South America. As an academic advisor, Dr Fremont-Barnes has accompanied many groups of British Army officers and senior NCOs in their visits to numerous battlefields of the Peninsular War, the Waterloo campaign, Normandy and the Falklands.
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This book attempts to give it a concise shape, and does a good job a the operational level of untangling the web of campaigns. Its difficult to find, in English, good stuff about this war. On Napoleon, there is an avalanche of books, even on specific battles. But not so much about this period, besides the Italian campaigns of Napoleon that ended these wars.
At the operational, it gives a good account, however, it lacks just due to the space about what occurred at the unit level at each of the battles, since each battle was its own story within a story. The way a Civil War book would spend a few pages on Antietam, Bull Run, and 5 pages on Gettysburg alone. There are 3-4 fronts at any given moment in this period, and untangling them all is done in a pretty decent way. The reader has a solid picture of what had transpired before Napoleon enters the stage. From than on, well, most of you have probably read a good deal on Napoleon already.
For those who haven't gotten a Napoleonic military history background, the Smithsonian History of War - Napoleonic Wars is a great starting point. Too bad it skips everything before Napoleon's Italian Campaign, which is why I own this book. This series also has a very good 7 years war and Spanish Succession books about the wars of Frederick the Great.