Britain Against Napoleon

Britain Against Napoleon

The Organization of Victory, 1793-1815

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For more than twenty years after 1793, the French army was supreme in continental Europe. How did Britain survive and eventually win a generation-long war against a regime which at its peak commanded many times the resources? This book looks beyond the familiar heroism of the army and navy, showing the degree to which the whole British population was involved in the war- industrialists, farmers, shipbuilders, gunsmiths and gunpowder manufacturers, intelligence gatherers and the bankers and traders of the City of London who financed the war and kept it going. It is the gripping story of how an entire nation was mobilized to triumph against the odds. 'Occasionally a work of history changes entirely and forever our perception of the past. Roger Knight's Britain Against Napoleon does just that.' Paul Lay, History Today 'It is an enormous canvas, yet Knight manages not only to convey the magnitude of the war but make this absorbing book an essential addition to the history of the Napoleonic Wars.' Ben Wilson, Sunday Telegraph 'Superb . . . There is not a chapter that does not bring you very close to the realities of total war.' David Crane, Spectator 'The great value of Knight's book is that he puts the organisation of war at centre stage . . . He is in effect describing the birth of the modern state.' Sir Lawrence Freedman, Financial Times
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 013
ISBN: 9780141038940
Branch Call Number: 940.27 KNI 2013
Characteristics: xxxviii, 677 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 20 cm


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