The Campaigns of Napoleon

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Simon and Schuster, Dec 1, 2009 - History - 1216 pages
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Napoleonic war was nothing if not complex—an ever-shifting kaleidoscope of moves and intentions, which by themselves went a long way towards baffling and dazing his conventionally-minded opponents into that state of disconcerting moral disequilibrium which so often resulted in their catastrophic defeat.

The Campaigns of Napoleon is an exhaustive analysis and critique of Napoleon's art of war as he himself developed and perfected it in the major military campaigns of his career. Napoleon disavowed any suggestion that he worked from formula, but military historian David Chandler demonstrates this was at best only a half-truth. To be sure, every operation Napoleon conducted contained unique improvisatory features. But there were from the first to the last certain basic principles of strategic maneuver and battlefield planning that he almost invariably put into practice. To clarify these underlying methods, as well as the style of Napoleon's fabulous intellect, Mr. Chandler examines in detail each campaign mounted and personally conducted by Napoleon, analyzing the strategies employed, revealing wherever possible the probable sources of his subject's military ideas.
 

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David Chandler’s book is the best single volume English-language military history focused upon Napoleon’s military career. He begins with an introductory essay “Napoleon – The Man and the General ... Read full review

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Chandler's account of the Napoleonic wars is a classic. I still pick it up from time to time to immerse myself in one of Napoleon's campaigns. It is obvious that Chandler knows what he is talking ... Read full review

Contents

PR EPARATION
21
PART TVO IN SEARCH OF A REPUTATION
51
PART THREE NAPOLEONS ART OF
131
THE SIX ACRES
203
PART SIX THE WORKS OF PEACE AND THE ROAD
305
PART SEVEN FROM THE RHINE TO THE DANUBE
379
PART EIGHT ROSSBACH AVENGED
443
PART N IN E WINTER
507
PART FOURTEEN RETREAT
811
THE STRUGGLE OF
863
PART SIXTEEN LA PATRIE EN DANGER
943
PART SEVENTEEN THE CAMPAIGN OF
1005
A POUNDING FOR BLÜCHER IO34
1057
ICES
1098
J THE IMPERIAL NOBILITY II22
1122
PART TEN SPRING RECOVERY
1134

PART ELEVEN PEN INSULAR INTRIGUES
591
VOLUME II
595
THE LAST
659
PART THIRTEEN THE ROAD TO MOSCOW
737
77
1140
88
1153
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About the author (2009)

David G. Chandler is Head of the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and a Fellow of both the Royal Historical and the Royal Geographical societies. He is President of the British Commission for Military History and a Vice- President of the Commission International d'Histoire Militaire.

During his researches for The Campaigns of Napoleon, Mr. Chandler made considerable use of primary sources -- including the thirty-two volumes of Correspondence de I'Empereur Napoleon Iier -- and consulted many contemporary memoirs and military commentaries. (This he did with some caution, for such material is often far from reliable.) He also examined many of the most revealing and interesting studies that have been written by soldiers and scholars over the past 145 years, and he incorporated extracts from recently discovered sources in the hope of illuminating still further the well- trodden paths of Napoleonic studies.

The author of a dozen works on early eighteenth-and early nineteenth-century military history, David G. Chandler is a recognized authority in the Marlburian and Napoleonic periods. His other publications include A Dictionary of the Napoleonic Wars, 1979, Waterloo -- The Hundred Days, 1980, An Atlas of Military Strategy, 1980, and Napoleon's Marshals, (editor), 1987. He has also contributed a chapter to Volume VI of the New Cambridge Modern History as well as numerous articles and reviews to magazines and journals. Chandler lives in Yately, Hampshire, England.

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