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    David Chandler(Author)
Reprinted due to popular demand, this classic biography traces Napoleon's career from his youthful days of Corsican nationalism; to the introduction to French warfare at Toulon, and his phenomenal rise to power through the military machine, when, at the age of thirty, he became the de facto ruler of France. Dr David Chandler retells in a lively narrative, the soldier-genius's hard-fought battles at Marengo, Austerlitz, Jeana-Auerstadt and Friedland, the Spanish encounters, the Russian campaign and Waterloo.
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  • PDF | 192 pages
  • David Chandler(Author)
  • Pen & Sword Books Ltd (12 Sept. 2000)
  • English
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  • Biography
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  • By Marcus on 11 September 2012

    For anyone who reads about Napoleon, it quickly becomes obvious that his life extends over two defined periods: The French Revolutionary period (1792-1799), and his own Napoleonic period (1799-1815). These periods roll into each other, without pause, from a Revolution, chaos and war, to an Empire, order and more war, often with the same and new foes. Seven coalitions would form against France in this time, but never was Napoleon discouraged.Chandler is often considered the authority historian on the subject; The Campaigns of Napoleon is perhaps the ultimate chronology of Napoleon's epic career, spanning 20 years. A commander of huge French armies marching across Europe, driven by his will, imagination and determination to liberate Europe from monarchical rule, just as the Revolution had released France from its plutocratic barons.Where "Campaigns" is a hefty 1,172 pages of material, this book is a light 208 pages. Chandler himself notes in the introduction, "My aim in writing this book originally was to afford the opportunity of studying this great subject to the general reader for whom my earlier work, The Campaigns of Napoleon, was probably a trifle too daunting in size and scope."I find that "Campaigns" can sometimes become complex, what with the politics, military actions, and so many personalities involved, that this smaller book can sum up the matter in a few brief sentences. Alongside Chandler's The Dictionary of the Napoleonic Wars, which gives more biographical context to many names, a dedicated student of the man, or the era, becomes a compelling study.The main problem with this book is the layout. Possibly the publishers fault. I find that the positioning of maps and illustrations does not align with the prose very accurately, so it can become awkward to follow events in order. There is an index and bibliography, though Chandler does note that his own "Campaigns" is one of his references, also. Maps and images are black and white, but clear.For the amateur or younger historian, looking for a quick study of Napoleon, this should suffice. For older students, historians with a deeper interest in military history, and the Napoleonic Wars in particular, this will leave you primed but wanting. In which case, the next step is the full-study "Campaigns", without a doubt.I don't consider Chandler pro-Anglo, anti-Bonaparte, biased, or anything like has been remarked about him, by readers in the past. His work is thoughtful, and though he is critical of Napoleon, at times, he certainly does not begrudge him. There are many books about Napoleon, many great authors whose detailed studies equal Chandler's enthusiasm, but none that surpass him in knowledge.

  • By james on 26 December 2014

    Brilliant concise history of Napoleon. Anyone wanting a more detailed account of his military career should read this authors Campaigns of Napoleon.

  • By zippop on 16 September 2015

    Bought last month read twice already good easy introduction to the incredible Mr NB

  • By Joanne Wilson on 2 December 2015

    Brought this as a gift. The recipient loves it.

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