The French Revolutionary Wars
96 page book.
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Author: Gregory Fremont-Barnes
About this book
Europe's great powers formed two powerful coalitions against France, yet force of numbers, superior leadership and the patriotic fervour of France's citizen-soldiers not only defeated each in turn, but closed the era of small, professional armies fighting for limited political objectives. This period produced commanders whose names remain a by-word for excellence in leadership to this day, Napoleon and Nelson. From Italy to Egypt Napoleon demonstrated his strategic genius and mastery of tactics in battles including Rivoli, the Pyramids and Marengo. Nelson's spectacular sea victories at the Nile and Copenhagen were foretastes of a century of British naval supremacy.
- Background to war: Historic rivalries
- Warring sides: Opposing strengths
- Outbreak: A clash of ideologies
- The fighting : The first and second coalitions
- Portrait of a sailor: William Dillon - a midshipman in the Royal Navy
- The world around war: The impact of conflict
- Portrait of a civilian: Emma Hamilton - British Ambassadress at Naples
- How the war ended: Hohenlinden and Copenhagen
- Conclusion and consequences
Paperback; September 2001; 96 pages; ISBN: 9781841762838