Britain and the Defeat of Napoleon, 1807-1815 Hardcover – Mar 27 1996
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Muir is a visiting research fellow at the University of Adelaide --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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account of the political, financial and economic factors
behind the British stubborn resistance to Napoleon
enlightening. Common, everyday, history books tell you what
happened and what people did. Muir tells why it happened
with explanations of why the various political leaders,
generals, etc adopted the policies they did. Among other
insights, one has a considerably better understanding of
political environment for Wellington's Spanish campaign and
of the enormous financial problems his campaign created for
As for 'A reader' who complains that Rory Muir is writing about "how great was his country" along with "a legion of fellow English writers", he's not English, he's Australian, which 'A reader' should have known if he or she had read the book. And any Australian will tell you that there's a big difference between being an Australian and being English.
This was a very interesting and enjoyable account of the war against Napoleon and I did not find it dull at any time. Although it only scratched the surface of the military campaigns it gave enough detail for the reader to understand completely what was happening and why.
Overall this is a well written and researched account of Britain's role in Napoleon's downfall and should appeal to anyone interested in this period of history.
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