- Tapa dura: 400 páginas
- Editor: Greenhill Books; Edición: 2nd Revised edition (3 de noviembre de 1998)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1853673463
- ISBN-13: 978-1853673467
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
Military History and Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars (Inglés) Tapa dura – 3 nov 1998
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This historical atlas is a seminal work on t he Napoleonic Wars and provides a comprehensive overview of the battles and of Napoleon Bonaparte between 1796 and 1815. The large maps allow readers to follow the course, time and terrain of any campaign. '
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The chapters devoted to Egypt and Marengo are wonderful. And Esposito does a better job than Chandler covering the immediate post-Jena collapse of Prussian forces west of the Oder, the complex occupation of Poland; the confused, tentative moves leading to Eylau and Friedland are tremendously informative. Without Esposito/Elting I would not have been able to follow Chandler's account describing Napoleon's amazing baiting of the Russians away from his intended crossing place at the Berezina. Again in the 1814 fighting on French soil, Esposito/Elting provide a crucial resource to Chandler, whose account is hardly intelligible without plenty good maps of the river lines, their crossing points, and the principal towns.
The only places I can see for improvements would be for more maps covering Spain following 1810: the book follows Napoleon himself closely, leaving Spain in 1809 to prepare for the impending Austrian campaign, leaving behind a large portion of the Grande Armee fighting many tough battles against Wellington for 4 more years with no more coverage. Marmont's fighting in Dalmatia doesn't get much coverage, neither does Murat's own small campaigns following his accession to the Kingdom of Naples. Russian actions in Finland and the Balkans, as well as British naval activity in the Baltic are hardly mentioned.
If this book were ever reissued, and it should be, maps covering the Revolutionary era, between Valmy up to Hohenlinden and Second Zurich, would be very helpful, at least for some context on the other French commanders of the time.
If you want to really possess a fluency in Napoleon's campaigns, and already have Chandler, this book is your next, and probably only, step forward, before specializing into each individual campaign. It will probably be the first resource you reach for when you are researching any of the campaigns.
Elting's commentary delivered in his characteristic terse prose is quite engaging stylistically, in turns acerbic and humorous, always precise, clear and surprisingly spare. While the maps are hands down the selling point for this book, the commentary is excellent as well.
All the major campaigns are included from Italy, Eygpt, Austerlitz, Russia, Waterloo etc etc. Also included are brief biographical sketches of Napoleon's Marshals and his opponents.
The book is of unusual dimensions but this is necessary for the inclusion of the maps. My only minor gripe is that in the age of computer graphics the maps could perhaps have been updated.
Overall this is an excellent summary of Napoleon's campaigns which I found useful as I was unfamilar with many of them other than Waterloo and Austerlitz. The book is designed to give the reader a taste of each campaign or battle from which he or she can follow up with further more detailed accounts. A comprehensive recommended reading guide is listed at the back of the book. This is an essential guide on the Napoleonic wars.
-- Michael England