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History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France

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

Volume 2


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Naval and Military History

  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108024198

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  • 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 2 covers the period from the beginning of 1809 to the British retreat back to Portugal after the Battle of Talavera in July. Significant events include the departure of Napoleon to France, and Wellesley's return to Portugal as commander of the Anglo-Portuguese forces.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108024198
    • length: 566 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 32 x 140 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • contains: 8 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Book V:
    1. Slight effect produced in England by the result of the campaign
    2. Operations in Aragon
    3. System of terror
    4. Operations in Catalonia
    5. Tumult in Tarragona
    Book VI:
    1. Transactions in Portugal
    2. French retire from Merida
    3. Weakness of the British Army in Portugal
    Book VII:
    1. Coruna and Ferrol surrender to Soult
    2. Soult enters Portugal
    3. Operations of the first and fourth corps
    4. The bishop of Oporto flies to Lisbon
    Book VIII:
    1. Anarchy in Portugal
    2. Campaign on the Douro
    3. Romana surprises Villa Franca
    4. State of the British army
    Book IX:
    1. Campaign of Talavera
    2. Cuesta passes the Alberche
    3. The king goes to Illescas with the fourth corps and reserve
    4. Venegas advances to Aranjues
    5. General observations on the campaign

  • Author

    William Francis Patrick Napier

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