Napoleon's Cursed War (Hardback)
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Napoleon's Cursed War (Hardback)

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Hardback 480 Pages / Published: 27/03/2008
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In this definitive account of the Peninsular War (1807-14), Napoleon's six-year war against Spain, Ronald Fraser examines what led to the emperor's devastating defeat against the popular opposition - the guerrillas - and their British and Portuguese allies. As well as relating the histories of the great political and military figures of the war, Fraser brings to life the anonymous masses - the artisans, peasants and women who fought, suffered and died - and restores their role in this barbaric war to its rightful place. This vivid, meticulously researched book offers a distinct and profound vision of "Napoleon's Vietnam" and shows the reality of the disasters of war: the suffering, discontents and social upheaval that accompanied the fighting.

Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 9781844670826
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 1030 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 40 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Fraser has re-created a world, barely glimpsed by previous historians, of the Spanish popular resistance and suffering during the anti-Napoleonic war ... An excellent work."--Carlos Martinez Shaw, El Pais

"Napoleon's Cursed War marks a fundamental milestone in the war's historiography, both past and future. It is a superb complement to Fraser's classic Blood of Spain, of 'history from below.'"--Ricardo Garcia Carcel, ABC

"Fraser has breathed life into a historic era... The real protagonist of his work is the people and their tragedy."--Luis Ribot, El Mundo

"Like Goya in The Disasters of War, Fraser has engraved in the written word the spirit and sacrifices of the popular anti-Napoleonic resistance, a precursor of the anti-fascist resistance of the [Spanish] Civil War."--Andreu Mayayo, El Periodico de Catalunya

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