The Campaigns of Napoleon Chandler David G

The Campaigns of Napoleon Chandler David G
The Campaigns of Napoleon Chandler David G

David G Chandler is Head of the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and a Fellow of both the Royal Historical and the Royal Geographical societies He is President of the British Commission for Military History and a Vice President of the Commission International d Histoire Militaire During his researches for The Campaigns of Napoleon Mr Chandler made considerable use of primary sources including the thirty two volumes of Correspondence de I Empereur Napoleon Iier and consulted many contemporary memoirs and military commentaries This he did with some caution for such material is often far from reliable He also examined many of the most revealing and interesting studies that have been written soldiers and scholars over the past years and he incorporated extracts from recently discovered sources in the hope of illuminating still further the well trodden paths of Napoleonic studies The author of a dozen works on early eighteenth and early nineteenth century military history David G Chandler is a recognized authority in the Marlburian and Napoleonic periods His other publications include A Dictionary of the Napoleonic Wars Waterloo The Hundred Days An Atlas of Military Strategy and Napoleon s Marshals editor He has also contributed a chapter to Volume VI of the New Cambridge Modern History as well as numerous articles and reviews to magazines and journals Chandler lives in Yately Hampshire England Excerpt Reprinted permission All rights reserved Chapter PREPARATIONAlmost nine years of commissioned service already lay behind Citoyen capitaine di Buonaparte when he penned Le Souper de Beaucaire A great deal happened to the young Corsican during this considerable period of time and many of his early experiences were destined to have important repercussions on his later career Above all most of his notions on the art of war and military affairs in general were formulated during this period and it is important to study the early influences if we are to acquire any real insight into his future greatness and ultimate fall Napoleon was born on August at Ajaccio in Corsica the second surviving son of Carlo and Marie Letizia Buonaparte Many generations back the family was of Italian extraction but the s the Buonapartes had found a patrician niche in Corsican life and had become regarded as an important and influential

 

The Campaigns of Napoleon Chandler David G
Publisher: Scribner November 26 2009
Publication date: November 26 2009
Language: English 

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