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The Napoleonic Wars: A Very Short Introduction [#344]
The Napoleonic Wars: A Very Short Introduction [#344]
  • Introduces the tactics, strategies, and weaponry used in the wars
  • Discusses the social, political, and institutional aspects of warfare in the Napoleonic era
  • Addresses the controversy as to how far the Napoleonic Wars can be differentiated from the Revolutionary Wars
  • Sets the wars in their broader historical context - in both European and global terms - exploring their social and political impact
  • Explains the significance of the wars, and their legacy, in both specific national contexts and from a wider global perspective

The Napoleonic Wars have an important place in the history of Europe, leaving their mark on European and world societies in a variety of ways. In many European countries they provided the stimulus for radical social and political change - particularly in Spain, Germany, and Italy - and are frequently viewed in these places as the starting point of their modern histories. 

In this Very Short Introduction, Mike Rapport provides a brief outline of the wars, introducing the tactics, strategies, and weaponry of the time. Presented in three parts, he considers the origins and course of the wars, the ways and means in which it was fought, and the social and political legacy it has left to the world today. 


1: Origins
2: Course
3: A revolutionary war
4: Soldiers and civilians
5: The war at sea
6: The people's war
7: Legacies

About the author: 

Mike Rapport is Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Stirling. He is the author of Nationality and Citizenship in Revolutionary France: The Treatment of Foreigners 1789-1799 (OUP, 2000), and The Shape of the World: Britain, France and the Struggle for Empire (Atlantic, 2006), and 1848, Year of Revolution (Little, Brown, 2008).

Product details

ISBN : 9780199590964

Mike Rapport
168 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Jan 2013
Very Short Introductions
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The Napoleonic Wars: A Very Short Introduction [#344]

The Napoleonic Wars: A Very Short Introduction [#344]

The Napoleonic Wars: A Very Short Introduction [#344]