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The Fall of Napoleon

Volume 1. The Allied Invasion of France, 1813–1814


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  • Date Published: June 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107683501

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  • This book tells the story of the invasion of France at the twilight of Napoleon's empire. With more than a million men under arms throughout central Europe, Coalition forces poured over the Rhine River to invade France between late November 1813 and early January 1814. Three principal army groups drove across the great German landmark, smashing the exhausted French forces that attempted to defend the eastern frontier. In less than a month, French forces ingloriously retreated from the Rhine to the Marne; Allied forces were within one week of reaching Paris. This book provides the first complete English-language study of the invasion of France along a front that extended from Holland to Switzerland.

    • The first complete English-language account of the invasion of Napoleonic France in 1813–14
    • Utilizes both public and private archival material from France, Germany, and Austria
    • Will expand Gordon Craig's noteworthy treatise on the problems of coalition warfare
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Leggiere has made a significant contribution to Cambridge's Military Histories series. His book belongs in every military history collection, especially those that concentrate on the Napoleonic era.' Library Journal

    'The Fall of Napoleon is already a major work on the subject, and there's every reason to believe Volume 2 will be just as good.'

    '… Leggiere has set the bar quite high.' Ralph Ashby, H-France

    'In writing this book, Michael Leggiere not only updates the standard French and German military accounts written a century ago … but also builds on more recent diplomatic and political studies, for instance those by Henry Kissinger and Paul Schroeder. The text is detailed, but clearly written, and is supported by twenty-five excellent maps, and by fifteen portraits of military and political leaders.' Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107683501
    • length: 700 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 37 mm
    • weight: 0.94kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The new Charlemagne
    2. Barbarians at the gate
    3. The Frankfurt proposals
    4. Napoleon and the French
    5. The left bank
    6. The right bank
    7. The lower Rhine
    8. The upper Rhine
    9. The middle Rhine
    10. Alsace and Franche-Comté
    11. The Vosges and the Saône
    12. Lorraine
    13. The Saar and the Moselle
    14. Belgium
    15. The Marne
    16. The Aube, Bourgogne, and the Rhône
    17. The protocols of Langres.

  • Author

    Michael V. Leggiere, Louisiana State University, Shreveport
    Dr Michael V. Leggiere is an Associate Professor of History at the University of North Texas. His book, Napoleon and Berlin: The Franco-Prussian War in North Germany, 1813 (2002), won the Société Napoléonienne Internationale's 2002 Literary Award. In 2005, he received the Société Napoléonienne Internationale Legion of Merit Award for Outstanding Contributions to Napoleonic Studies.

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