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K is the first in a generation to come to terms with this spectacular and terrible conflict immortalised by Goya and the arena in which Wellington and his redcoats carved out one of the greatest episodes in British military histor The best one volume history of the Peninsular Esdaile often surprises by coming up with something really worthwhile when you d think it had all been done and said

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The Peninsular War A New History

For centuries Spain had been the most feared and predatory power in Europe it had the largest empire and one of the world's great navies to defend it Nothing could have prepared the Spanish for the devastating implosion of 1805 14 A first rate history The seven volume history by Sir Charles Oman graces my bookshelves and I have read it through twice with deep enjoyment I therefore wasn t sure if this much concise volume would teach me anything new To my delight it did Oman is of course rather dated now and Esdaile points out that the weakness of Oman is his lack of attention to the Spanish political background This is by no means a dry subject the complex interplay of ideas in nineteenth century Spain from reactionary ultra conservatism to extreme liberalism and all shades in between had conseuences that could easily get you

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Trafalgar destroyed its navy and the country degenerated into a brutalized shambles with French and British armies marching across it at will The result was a war which killed over a million Spaniards and ended its empireThis boo This was long Not as long as the Peninsular War itself which lasted from 1808 to 1814 Over the years I ve seen references to this war and wanted to better understand what happened This book offers a thorough narrative politicalmilitary history of the conflict with the emphasis on Spain s domestic political dynamics Two factors make the book a challenging read First most of the time the author doesn t use topic sentences The narrative has a structure and flow and the author has interesting things to say but if your practice when reading nonfiction is as mine to note or highlight the topic sentences as a


10 thoughts on “The Peninsular War A New History

  1. says:

    Charles Esdaile's book on the Peninsular War offers readers a comprehensive and in depth study of this savage conflict that raged across Spain and Portugal between 1808 and 1814 In over 510 pages of text the author takes us through the reasons why this war started the battles and campaigns as it progressed over the years and the many interesting facets behind the characters involved Not only does the author

  2. says:

    A first rate history The seven volume history by Sir Charles Oman graces my bookshelves and I have read it through twice w

  3. says:

    Napoleon Bonaparte's decision in 1808 to occupy Spain typically is ranked second only to his invasion to Russia in terms of the disastrous mistakes made by the French emperor What began as a swift military operation soon degenerated into an ulcer that tied down thousands of troops slowly bleeding France's strength For this reason t

  4. says:

    This was long Not as long as the Peninsular War itself which lasted from 1808 to 1814 Over the years I’ve seen references to this war and wanted to better understand what happened This book offers a thorough narrative politicalmil

  5. says:

    I will say it again I really think this website needs half star intervals I really couldn't give this book 3 stars but it's also hard to give 4 at some points It has great analysis is a particularly good military narrative for being political than military and is written very well It's justyou ever have a book yo

  6. says:

    Terrible book so bias against the English you would think the Spanish actually had an army in the field that did something in stead of running

  7. says:

    This is an erudite scholarly examination of the Peninsular War Charles Esdaile has unravelled the twisted strands of political social economic and military history that pervade this chaotic periodThough sometimes heavy going the information is

  8. says:

    The best one volume history of the Peninsular Esdaile often surprises by coming up with something really worthwhile when y

  9. says:

    A mix which neither seemed to go into the detail of the battles or the economic conseuences Seemed to end with uestions

  10. says:

    A review by Bernard Cornwell states that he suspects this will become the standard work on the Peninsular War Though i am not a milita

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