The Napoleonic Wars (2): The empires fight back 1808–1812

The Napoleonic Wars (2): The empires fight back 1808–1812

  • Author: Todd Fisher
  • Publication Date: 6 Jun 2014
  • Number of Pages: 96
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In 1808 Napoleon dominated Europe, but the peace was not to survive for long. Todd Fisher continues his detailed account of the Napoleonic Wars with Austria's attack against Napoleon in 1809. Despite being defeated at Aspern-Essling, Napoleon rallied his forces and emerged triumphant at Wagram. With glorious victory behind him Napoleon now turned his attention to Russia and invaded in 1812. Yet the army was not the Grand Armee of old, and even the capture of Moscow availed him nothing. The foe remained elusive, the decisive battle remained unfought. This book tells the full story of the now legendary retreat from Moscow, as the fighting force that had vanquished Europe perished in the snows of the Russian winter.

Biographical Note

Todd Fisher is the Executive Director of the Napoleonic Alliance, America's most prestigious Napoleonic interest group. He is a founding member of the International Napoleonic Society. Todd Fisher has a life-long fascination with the Napoleonic period, and is Chief Executive Officer of Emperor's Press and Napoleon Journal, both of which specialize in Napoleonic history.

Contents

Introduction Chronology Background to war: Mutiny and defiance Warring sides: France, Austria and Russia The fighting: The Austrian campaign and the march on Moscow Portrait of a soldier: Barclay de Tolly and Jacob Walter The world around war: Vienna Portrait of a civilian: Louise Fusil How the period ended: Napoleon under pressure Conclusion and consequences

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