The Peninsular War: A New History

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Penguin Books Limited, Oct 2, 2003 - History - 624 pages
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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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User Review  - Peter Harrison - Goodreads

An interesting and useful summary of the Peninsular War with a focus on context and politics. This leaves little space for the military side of things, and I feel this sometimes leaves Esdaile lacking ... Read full review

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User Review  - Adam - Goodreads

Terrible book so bias against the English you would think the Spanish actually had an army in the field that did something. in stead of running away at Talavera (not even mentioned) can not say more this book made me so angry Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Charles Esdaile is Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Liverpool and the author of THE WARS OF NAPOLEON.

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