Britain against napoleon the organization of victory

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britain against napoleon the organization of victory

Britain Against Napoleon: The Organization of Victory, 1793-1815 by R.J.B. Knight

For more 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 more 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 Britains 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.

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

For more 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 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 commanded far greater resources and manpower? There have been innumerable books about the battles, armies and navies of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. This book looks beyond the familiar exploits and bravery of the army and navy to the politicians and civil servants, and examines how they made it possible to continue the war at all.

From Roger Knight, established by his multi-award winning book The Pursuit of Victory as 'an authority Rodger , Britain Against Napoleon is the first book to explain how the British state successfully organised itself to overcome Napoleon - and how very close it came to defeat. For more than twenty years after , the French army was supreme in continental Europe, and the British population lived in fear of French invasion. How was it that despite multiple changes of government and the assassination of a Prime Minister, Britain survived and won a generation-long war against a regime which at its peak in 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.

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A t the end of this fascinating and exhaustively researched book on the British contribution to the war against Napoleon, Roger Knight provides an "aftermath" which, among other things, follows up the careers of many of those who played a vital part in the emperor's defeat. But even to those with a fair knowledge of military history, the names of many of those Knight includes may be unfamiliar. The opening chapters of the book describe how ill-prepared the armed civil services were during the largely unsuccessful war against the new French republic that began after the execution of Louis XVI in and was brought to an uneasy close with the treaty of Amiens in As late as , 40, regimental accounts, stretching back to the war with America a quarter of a century earlier, were in arrears, in spite of a steady increase of clerks at the War Office. One reason for the backlog was the working hours of the office staff, who started at 11 and knocked off at four. Many government posts were occupied by men who owed their appointments to patronage, and who regarded their jobs as their personal property.

For more than twenty years after , the French army was supreme in continental Europe, and the British population lived in fear of French invasion. How was it that Britain survived and won a generation-long war against a regime which at its peak commanded many times Britain's own resources and manpower? In Britain Against Napoleon , Roger Knight 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. He shows that the whole British population had to play its part, and that the intelligence war, and the financiers of the City of London, were particularly instrumental. Despite these extraordinary efforts, Britain came much closer than has previously been realized to losing the war against Napoleon, not through invasion but through financial and political exhaustion. 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.

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