By Robert Harvey
Robert Harvey brilliantly recreates the tale of the best clash that stretches from the 1st blaze of revolution in Paris in 1789 to ultimate victory at the muddy fields of Waterloo. On land and at sea, through the 4 corners of the continent, from the frozen plains surrounding Moscow and terror at the Caribbean seas, to the muddy low lands of Flanders and the becalmed waters of Trafalgar, "The struggle of Wars" tells the strong tale of the best clash of the age.
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This was the birth of the modern age of mass politics, revolution and total warfare, the foreshadower of the destructive wars of the twentieth century. Although he was only a secondary player during the first phase of the revolutionary war until 1800, the carnage became associated eventually with the single man who to his friends and enemies alike seemed to incarnate the spirit of that unstoppable, relentless war machine, Napoleon Bonaparte. Throughout the war only one country stood almost continuously against him.
Private Collection/© Ken Welsh/The Bridgeman Art Library. Chateau des Tuileries, 10 August 1792, colour engraving by Jourdan after G. Texier (1750–1824). Musée de la Ville de Paris, Musée Carnavalet, Paris, France. © Giraudon/The Bridgeman Art Library. Napoleon, in 1785, at age 16. Sketch by unnamed comrade, in Sloane, Life of Napoleon, Volume 1, page 20. © Mary Evans Picture Library. Portrait of Napoleon as a general on horseback in Italy, 1796/97. Copper engraving by Jean Joseph Francois Tassaert (1765–1835) after a drawing by Philippe Auguste Hennequin (1762-1833).
Yet there are curiously few recent attempts at an entire history of the revolutionary and Napoleonic wars, the colossal and protracted global struggle that convulsed all of Europe for nearly a quarter of a century. This book is an attempt to address that void: it is an unashamedly ‘general’ rather than scholastic work, written for a wide audience. A broad brush inevitably obscures detail, but no scholastic work could possibly do justice to that great struggle without running into a dozen volumes.
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