History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France From the Year 1807 to the Year 1814

by William Francis Patrick Napier

Part of the History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France 6 Volume Set Series

History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France From the Year 1807 to the Year 1814 Synopsis

Published between 1828 and 1840, Napier's History of the War in the Peninsula was a tremendously influential, if controversial, work. Napier had been actively involved in the campaigns, turning to history in peacetime, in part to refute Southey's account of Sir John Moore. The first volume had a mixed reception, getting both high praise and bitter criticism from participants in the wars. He published several works rebutting his critics while producing the later volumes. Because of his obvious lack of impartiality, modern military historians treat the work with caution, but it remains widely read in the many editions and abridgements subsequently produced. Volume 5 is prefixed by further refutations of published criticisms. It then covers the period from the siege of Badajoz and the Allies' military setbacks of late 1812 to the battle of Vitoria in June 1813, a crucial victory which ultimately led to French troops retiring from Spain.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781108024228
Publication date: 17th February 2011
Author: William Francis Patrick Napier
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 736 pages
Categories: Military history,

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