The Campaigns of Napoleon
Simon and Schuster, 1 déc. 2009 - 1216 pages
In this “engrossing,” (The New Yorker) vivid, and intensively researched volume, esteemed Napoleon scholar David Chandler outlines the military strategy that led the famous French emperor to his greatest victories—and to his ultimate downfall.
Napoleonic war was nothing if not complex—an ever-shifting kaleidoscope of moves and intentions, which by themselves went a long way towards baffling and dazing his conventionally minded opponents into that state of disconcerting moral disequilibrium which so often resulted in their catastrophic defeat.
The Campaigns of Napoleon is a masterful analysis and insightful critique of Napoleon's art of war as he himself developed and perfected it in the major military campaigns of his career. Napoleon disavowed any suggestion that he worked from formula (“Je n'ai jamais eu un plan d'opérations”), but military historian David Chandler demonstrates this was at best only a half-truth. To be sure, every operation Napoleon conducted contained unique improvisatory features. But there were from the first to the last certain basic principles of strategic maneuver and battlefield planning that he almost invariably put into practice. To clarify these underlying methods, as well as the style of Napoleon's fabulous intellect, Chandler examines in detail each campaign mounted and personally conducted by Napoleon, analyzing the strategies employed, revealing wherever possible the probable sources of his subject's military ideas.
“Writing clearly and vividly, [Chandler] turns dozens of persons besides Napoleon from mere wooden soldiers into three- dimensional characters” (The Boston Globe) and this definitive work is “a fine book for the historian, the student, and the intelligent reader” (The New York Review of Books).
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LibraryThing ReviewAvis d'utilisateur - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing
This book probably arose from Chandler's time lecturing at Sandhurst. It is a very good one volume analysis of the campaigns of a very active soldier indeed. The mapping and the prose are good, and ... Consulter l'avis complet
LibraryThing ReviewAvis d'utilisateur - RobertMosher - LibraryThing
David Chandler’s book is the best single volume English-language military history focused upon Napoleon’s military career. He begins with an introductory essay “Napoleon – The Man and the General ... Consulter l'avis complet
PART TVO IN SEARCH OF A REPUTATION
PART THREE NAPOLEONS ART OF
THE SIX ACRES
PART SIX THE WORKS OF PEACE AND THE ROAD
PART SEVEN FROM THE RHINE TO THE DANUBE
PART EIGHT ROSSBACH AVENGED
PART N IN E WINTER
PART FOURTEEN RETREAT
THE STRUGGLE OF
PART SIXTEEN LA PATRIE EN DANGER
PART SEVENTEEN THE CAMPAIGN OF
A POUNDING FOR BLÜCHER IO34
J THE IMPERIAL NOBILITY II22
PART TEN SPRING RECOVERY