Napoleon's Cursed War: Spanish Popular Resistance in the Peninsular War, 1808-1814

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Verso, 2008 - History - 587 pages
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In this definitive account of the Peninsular War (1808–14), Napoleon's six-year war against Spain, Ronald Fraser examines what led to the emperor's devastating defeat against the popular opposition—the guerrillas—and their British and Portuguese allies. As well as relating the histories of the great political and military figures of the war, Fraser brings to life the anonymous masses—the artisans, peasants and women who fought, suffered and died—and restores their role in this barbaric war to its rightful place while overturning the view that this was a straightforward military campaign. This vivid, meticulously researched book offers a distinct and profound vision of "Napoleon's Vietnam" and shows the reality of the disasters of war: the suffering, discontents and social upheaval that accompanied the fighting.

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A sociological study of the roots of the Guerrillas of the Peninsula, with a lot of statistics on the Spanish Society of the time. There is not much romance but the author constructed databases ... Read full review

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I read this book as part of my interest in the Penninsular war. I have to admit at the end I was touched at all the personal stories related throughout the book as well as a broad, detailed account of the war and the statistics. Through this story I have come to understand the profound effects on the future of Europe and the New World.  


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Ronald Fraser is the leading oral historian of twentieth-century Spain. He is the author of several books, including In Hiding, In Search of a Past, Blood of Spain and Napoleon's Cursed War.

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