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The French Revolutionary Wars, Gregory Fremont-Barnes

1 The French Revolutionary Wars
Gregory Fremont-Barnes
96 pages, paperback, Osprey
Europe's great powers formed two powerful coalitions against France, yet force of numbers, superior leadership and the patriotic fervour of France's citizen-soldiers not only defeated each in turn, but closed the era of small, professional armies fighting for limited political objectives. This period produced commanders whose names remain a by-word for excellence in leadership to this day, Napoleon and Nelson. From Italy to Egypt Napoleon demonstrated his strategic genius and mastery of tactics in battles including Rivoli, the Pyramids and Marengo. Nelson's spectacular sea victories at the Nile and Copenhagen were foretastes of a century of British naval supremacy.

About Author
Grregory Fremont-Barnes holds degrees in history from the University of California, Berkeley (BA), the University of Chicago (MA) and the University of Oxford (D. Phil.). From 1993 to 2002 he lectured in British and American history in Japan, principally at Kobe University. He is the author of The French Revolutionary Wars (2001), The Peninsular War (2002), and The Fall of the French Empire, 1813-1815 (2002). He is currently co-editing the four-volume Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War.

‘a splendid overview’ --Robert Wilde (

‘Very good value for money and to the usual Osprey standard.’ --Richard Ransome (Miniature Wargames)

‘This is a fasinating look at the French Revolutionary Wars, revealing the little known facts of what happened, why, and its lasting impact on the world around it.’ --Max Sarche (Gun Mart)

Table of Contents
Background to war: Historic rivalries
Warring sides: Opposing strengths
Outbreak: A clash of ideologies
The fighting : The first and second coalitions
Portrait of a sailor: William Dillon - a midshipman in the Royal Navy
The world around war: The impact of conflict
Portrait of a civilian: Emma Hamilton - British Ambassadress at Naples
How the war ended: Hohenlinden and Copenhagen
Conclusion and consequences
Price: 14.95 USD


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