The Peninsular War: A New History
For centuries Spain had been the most feared and predatory power in Europe - it had the largest empire and one of the world's great navies to defend it. Nothing could have prepared the Spanish for the devastating implosion of 1805-14. Trafalgar destroyed its navy and the country degenerated into a brutalized shambles with French and British armies marching across it at will. The result was a war which killed over a million Spaniards and ended its empire.
This book is the first in a generation to come to terms with this spectacular and terrible conflict, immortalised by Goya and the arena in which Wellington and his redcoats carved out one of the greatest episodes in British military history.
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Review: The Peninsular War: A New HistoryUser Review - 'Aussie Rick' - Goodreads
Charles Esdaile's book on the Peninsular War offers readers a comprehensive and in-depth study of this savage conflict that raged across Spain and Portugal between 1808 and 1814. In over 510 pages of ... Read full review
Review: The Peninsular WarUser Review - Goodreads
This seemed to want to be a book either about how the Josephinian Interregnum reshaped Spanish politics or about How Brutish the British, but it never really managed to be either thing, getting bogged ...