French History Napoleon: On War

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Napoleon: On War

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This is the book on war that Napoleon never had the time or the will to complete.

In exile on the island of Saint-Helena, the deposed Emperor of the French mused about a great treatise on the art of war, but in the end changed his mind and ordered the destruction of the materials he had collected for the volume. Thus was lost what would have been one of the most interesting and important books on the art of war ever written, by one of the most famous and successful military leaders of all time.

In the two centuries since, several attempts have been made to gather together some of Napoleon's 'military maxims', with varying degrees of success. But not until now has there been a systematic attempt to put Napoleon's thinking on war and strategy into a single authoritative volume, reflecting both the full spectrum of his thinking on these matters as well as the almost unparalleled range of his military experience, from heavy cavalry charges in the plains of Russia or Saxony to counter-insurgency operations in Egypt or Spain.

To gather the material for this book, military historian Bruno Colson spent years researching Napoleon's correspondence and other writings, including a painstaking examination of perhaps the single most interesting source for his thinking about war: the copy-book of General Bertrand, the Emperor's most trusted companion on Saint-Helena, in which he unearthed a Napoleonic definition of strategy which is published here for the first time.

The huge amount of material brought together for this ground-breaking volume has been carefully organized to follow the framework of Carl von Clausewitz's classic On War, allowing a fascinating comparison between Napoleon's ideas and those of his great Prussian interpreter and adversary, and highlighting the intriguing similarities between these two founders of modern strategic thinking.

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About the Author:


Brian Colson is professor at the Universite de Namur, Belgium. He has published numerous books on strategy and military history, most recently Clausewitz (Perrin, 2016), a biography of the great military theorist. He originally worked in the field of strategic studies before going back to his first interest in military history, specializing both in the history of military thought and the Napoleonic wars. His current teaching includes the history of war and strategy (1792-1945) and the history of modern and contemporary international relations.

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"This is an interesting, erudite, clever, and useful book..."--Journal of Modern History


"Colson adds yet another perspective to this debate....Colson adopts a bold strategy, constructing a military treatise from the vast archive of Napoleonic materials"--Elizabeth, Duquette, Nineteenth Century Studies Journal


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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 2015. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. This is the book on war that Napoleon never had the time or the will to complete. In exile on the island of Saint-Helena, the deposed Emperor of the French mused about a great treatise on the art of war, but in the end changed his mind and ordered the destruction of the materials he had collected for the volume. Thus was lost what would have been one of the most interesting and important books on the art of war ever written, by one of the most famous and successful military leaders of all time. In the two centuries since, several attempts have been made to gather together some of Napoleon s military maxims , with varying degrees of success. But not until now has there been a systematic attempt to put Napoleon s thinking on war and strategy into a single authoritative volume, reflecting both the full spectrum of his thinking on these matters as well as the almost unparalleled range of his military experience, from heavy cavalry charges in the plains of Russia or Saxony to counter-insurgency operations in Egypt or Spain. To gather the material for this book, military historian Bruno Colson spent years researching Napoleon s correspondence and other writings, including a painstaking examination of perhaps the single most interesting source for his thinking about war: the copy-book of General Bertrand, the Emperor s most trusted companion on Saint-Helena, in which he unearthed a Napoleonic definition of strategy which is published here for the first time. The huge amount of material brought together for this ground-breaking volume has been carefully organized to follow the framework of Carl von Clausewitz s classic On War, allowing a fascinating comparison between Napoleon s ideas and those of his great Prussian interpreter and adversary, and highlighting the intriguing similarities between these two founders of modern strategic thinking. Codice libro della libreria AOP9780199685561

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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 2015. Condizione libro: New. The first ever systematic and authoritative compilation of Napoleon's thinking on war, this is as close as we will ever get to the great book on war that Napoleon contemplated but never had the time or the will to complete in his last years in exile on Saint-Helena. Editor(s): Colson, Bruno. Num Pages: 496 pages. BIC Classification: 1D; 3JH; HBJD; HBLL; HBWH; JWA. Category: (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly; (UU) Undergraduate. Dimension: 245 x 171 x 33. Weight in Grams: 900. . 2015. 1st Edition. Hardcover. . . . . . Codice libro della libreria V9780199685561

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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press. Hardback. Condizione libro: new. BRAND NEW, Napoleon: On War, Bruno Colson, This is the book on war that Napoleon never had the time or the will to complete. In exile on the island of Saint-Helena, the deposed Emperor of the French mused about a great treatise on the art of war, but in the end changed his mind and ordered the destruction of the materials he had collected for the volume. Thus was lost what would have been one of the most interesting and important books on the art of war ever written, by one of the most famous and successful military leaders of all time. In the two centuries since, several attempts have been made to gather together some of Napoleon's 'military maxims', with varying degrees of success. But not until now has there been a systematic attempt to put Napoleon's thinking on war and strategy into a single authoritative volume, reflecting both the full spectrum of his thinking on these matters as well as the almost unparalleled range of his military experience, from heavy cavalry charges in the plains of Russia or Saxony to counter-insurgency operations in Egypt or Spain. To gather the material for this book, military historian Bruno Colson spent years researching Napoleon's correspondence and other writings, including a painstaking examination of perhaps the single most interesting source for his thinking about war: the copy-book of General Bertrand, the Emperor's most trusted companion on Saint-Helena, in which he unearthed a Napoleonic definition of strategy which is published here for the first time. The huge amount of material brought together for this ground-breaking volume has been carefully organized to follow the framework of Carl von Clausewitz's classic On War, allowing a fascinating comparison between Napoleon's ideas and those of his great Prussian interpreter and adversary, and highlighting the intriguing similarities between these two founders of modern strategic thinking. Codice libro della libreria B9780199685561

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Descrizione libro Condizione libro: New. In exile on Saint-Helena, Napoleon mused about a great treatise on the art of war, but in the end changed his mind and ordered the destruction of materials he had collected for the volume. In the two centuries since, attempts have been made to gather together some of Napoleon's 'military maxims', with varying degrees of success. But not until now has there been a systematic attempt to put Napoleon's thinking on war and strategy into a single authoritative volume, reflecting the almost unparalleled range of his military experience, from heavy cavalry charges in the plains of Russia or Saxony to counter-insurgency operations in Egypt or Spain. The single most interesting source for his thinking was the copy-book of General Bertrand, the Emperor's trusted companion on Saint-Helena, in which he unearthed a Napoleonic definition of strategy which is published here for the first time. . . . provides ample evidence of the cool, cynical pragmatism that complemented the raging ego of one of history's greatest generals. LITERARY REVIEW. Codice libro della libreria 3345

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