Britain Against Napoleon: The Organization of Victory, 1793-1815

Britain Against Napoleon The Organization of Victory For than twenty years after the French army was supreme in continental Europe Only at sea was British power dominant though even with this crucial advantage the British population lived under f

  • Title: Britain Against Napoleon: The Organization of Victory, 1793-1815
  • Author: R.J.B. Knight
  • ISBN: 9781846141775
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For than twenty years after 1793, the French army was supreme in continental Europe Only at sea was British power dominant, though even with this crucial advantage the British population lived under fear of a French invasion for much of those two decades How was it that despite multiple changes of government and the assassination of a Prime Minister, Britain surviveFor than twenty years after 1793, the French army was supreme in continental Europe Only at sea was British power dominant, though even with this crucial advantage the British population lived under fear of a French invasion for much of those two decades How was it that despite multiple changes of government and the assassination of a Prime Minister, Britain survived and eventually won a generation long war against a regime which at its peak in 1807 commanded many times the resources and manpower This book looks beyond the familiar exploits of the army and navy to the politicians and civil servants, and examines how they made it possible to continue the war at all It shows the degree to which the capacities of the whole British population were involved industrialists, farmers, shipbuilders, cannon founders, gunsmiths and gunpowder manufacturers all had continually to increase quality and output as the demands of the war remorselessly grew The intelligence war was also central Yet no participants were important, he argues, than the bankers and international traders of the City of London, who played a critical role in financing the wars and without whom the armies of Britain s allies could not have taken the field.The Duke of Wellington famously said that the battle which finally defeated Napoleon was the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life this book shows how true that was for the Napoleonic War as a whole.474 pages narrative, 678 pages in total

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    • Nooilforpacifists says:

      2 & 1/2 Stars. Read after favorable review in The Economist and by several here. Yet, it falls short. Incredible amounts of information--but hardly a compelling style or organization. Hugely repetitive--for example, the transition from clerks paid, essentially, by bribe to salaried clerks, is mentioned in nearly every section. The most common phrase in the book is "as we saw in Chapter [ ]". The last few chapters (starting with finance) are good. And one has to enjoy knowing that the watchwo [...]

    • David Barrie says:

      In my small bit of the planet, making a documentary television series on Napoleon, this book is outstanding. A massively needed account of a gap in the history of the Napoleonic era. Invites readers to think of the Napoleonic Wars as a World War, equivalent to 2WW.

    • Ross says:

      This is an extraordinarily thorough and readable history for which the author deserves the highest praise. The enthusiasm with which Knight approaches a potentially quite dry topic (administration and logistics) lends the writing a certain spark which makes it surprisingly gripping. I will admit that after each chapter (~30 pages) I found myself quite tired! Knight certainly packs in a lot of information, and leaves the reader with many interesting concepts to ponder. This history gave me a new [...]

    • Bettie☯ says:

      Britain Against Napoleon by Roger Knight.Giving Wellington credit is all well and good, but the British state had to transform itself to beat the French.

    • Susan Jordan says:

      A fascinating insight into the logistics and finance which went into Britain's war effort against Napoleon and the unsung heroes who kept Nelson's fleet and Wellington's army supplied with guns, food, ammunition, gunpowder etc. and the root and branch reform of Britain's institutions

    • Bill Pilon says:

      Outstanding book on how the British government organized itself and leveraged its resources to beat Napoleon

    • Richard Ripamonti says:

      Knight puts weaves together an interesting narrative with an abundance of statistics and information. Sometimes hard going due to its dense nature, yet offers strong and compelling arguments. Would enjoy more if I had more of a grasp of economic history.

    • Rob Markley says:

      Reveals all sort of original material and unexpected rich veins for further exploration. A big book covering so much yet really made me feel it could have dug even deeper and fuller

    • Emmanuel Gustin says:

      At 474 pages without appendices, this is a long book, and I read it in pieces spread over a considerable time. It is a little dry. But this is more than the story of how Britain fought a global war, in many ways it is the story of how a modern state came into being, with an efficiently organized government machinery replacing antiquated practices, and the first signs of modern industrialized warfare.From the late 18th century, France sought to free itself from inefficient administration, going b [...]

    • Callum Soukup-Croy says:

      Britain Against Napoleon is a well written and researched account of the administration of government and war during the period 1793 to 1815. It is not an account of the military tactics and battles, something the author makes clear up front, and at times the major events of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars are glossed over. This book is all about the 'behind-the-scenes' efforts of politicians, administrators, merchants and soldiers that allowed the UK to maintain hostilities for 20 [...]

    • Shonda Wilson says:

      Decent look at the overall war against Napoleon

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