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Britain Against Napoleon: The Organization of Victory, 1793-1815
 
 

Britain Against Napoleon: The Organization of Victory, 1793-1815 [Kindle Edition]

Roger Knight

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A wonderfully disorienting read ... for [Knight] the real heroes of the struggle against Napoleon are not Wellington or Nelson or Collingwood or Cochrane but the clerks and administrators and 'silent men of business' who put Britain's armies in the field and kept her ships at sea and her allies in funds and ultimately won the war ... there is scarcely a wasted sentence here, not a duff page, not a chapter ... that does not bring you very close to the realities of a total war (David Crane Spectator)

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From Roger Knight, established by his multi-award winning book The Pursuit of Victory as 'an authority ... none of his rivals can match' (N.A.M. Rodger), Britain Against Napoleon is the first book to explain how the British state successfully organised itself to overcome Napoleon - and how very close it came to defeat.



For more than twenty years after 1793, the French army was supreme in continental Europe, and the British population lived in fear of French invasion. How was it that despite multiple changes of government and the assassination of a Prime Minister, Britain survived and won a generation-long war against a regime which at its peak in 1807 commanded many times the resources and manpower?



This book looks beyond the familiar exploits of the army and navy to the politicians and civil servants, and examines how they made it possible to continue the war at all. It shows the degree to which, as the demands of the war remorselessly grew, the whole British population had to play its part. The intelligence war was also central. Yet no participants were more important, Roger Knight argues, than the bankers and traders of the City of London, without whose financing the armies of Britain's allies could not have taken the field.



The Duke of Wellington famously said that the battle which finally defeated Napoleon was 'the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life': this book shows how true that was for the Napoleonic War as a whole.



Roger Knight was Deputy Director of the National Maritime Museum until 2000, and now teaches at the Greenwich Maritime Institute at the University of Greenwich. In 2005 he published, with Allen Lane/Penguin, The Pursuit of Victory: The Life and Achievement of Horatio Nelson, which won the Duke of Westminster's Medal for Military History, the Mountbatten Award and the Anderson Medal of the Society for Nautical Research. The present book is a culmination of his life-long interest in the workings of the late 18th-century British state.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 25949 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 662 Seiten
  • Verlag: Penguin (24. Oktober 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00CDBZ6KI
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5.0 von 5 Sternen For Patrick O'Brian readers 8. Februar 2014
Von Robert G. Ryan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Of the cottage industry that has grown up around the Patrick O'Brian Master and Commander series, this book, though maybe not intended to be so, is the best I've seen. It's a little dry and technical at times, but if you want to stand on the quarterdeck with Captain Aubrey and Steve Maturin and see the world as they saw it, this book will get you there.

For anyone impressed with the gigantic American mobilization effort in WW2, as in Maury Klein's "A Call To Arms", the British faced an even bigger existential threat from Napoleon. Where the Americans simply outproduced everyone, the British had to invent from scratch the ways and means to defeat an enemy much more powerful than themselves. The book is a behind the scenes look at how the British managed to accomplish this, and by doing so, create the template for the modern world.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen very detailed,concise and very readable 2. Mai 2014
Von Betty Smith - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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the book presents the extraordinary efforts made by the British to defeat Napoleon in conjunction with its on/off allies.
The book's value lies in the description not of campaigns and battles but in the politics,economics and finances needed to support the Navy and the various armies.It clearly indicates the folly of attacking Russia leading to Napoleon's defeat in Europe.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen History at it's best 3. Mai 2014
Von Bob of gulf point - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Very god account of how uk organized to beat nap and in the process created the modern liberal state. Ok
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3.0 von 5 Sternen HEAVY ON ADMINISTRATION ORGANIZING 3. Februar 2014
Von Martin S. Barnes - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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THIS BOOK IS INTERESTING HEAVY ON DETAILS, DIFFICULT TO DEFINE A CONSISTENT THREAD, AS YOU HEAD TROUGH THE YEARS OF THIS WAR. ENGLISH LEADERSHIP SHOWS FLEXIBILITY, MOTIVATION IN DEFEATING NAPOLEON. THIS BOOK IS A GOOD UNDER PINNING TO THE USUAL BATTLE BOOKS, HERE YOU LEARN THE IMPORTANCE OF SHIP BUILDING SUPPLIES, THE TRAINING OF CREWS FOR SHIPS. THE FINANCING IN EARLY 19 TH CENTURY OF TOTAL WAR. SOMEHOW ALTHOUGH HEAVY YOU CAN'T PUT IT DOWN. THERE ARE CONTINUOUS PARALLELS TO MODERN WAR, THEN YOU CAN ONLY ADMIRE THE BRITISH FINAL SUCCESS IN 1815. PERHAPS NAPOLEON LOST BECAUSE HE DID NOT HAVE THE BACK UP SYSTEM OF THE BRITISH. REMINDS ME OF USA IN 1942, ROOSEVELT'S SPEECH TO CONGRESS "THE ARSENAL OF DEMOCRACY. WHERE BUSGET DETAILS FOR WW2 WERE SET OUT.
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