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Waterloo: Great Battles

Alan Forrest
Item #: D63910
Format: Cloth
Pages/Publication Date: 220 / 2015
Publisher: Oxford
ISBN: 9780199663255
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Waterloo was the last battle waged by Napoleon, and the defeat that ended his imperial dreams. To those who fought—Dutch and Belgians, Prussians and Hanoverians, British and French—it was a murderous struggle, yet as Napoleonic historian Alan Forrest shows in his unique analysis of the battle, each nation would remember it differently. For Britain it was a centerpiece of national pride for a century, while in Prussia it was overshadowed by the earlier Battle of Leipzig, and in Holland it was a simple appendage to the prestige of the House of Orange. In France, however, it was the epitome of a heroic defeat, and contributed to the growing cult of Napoleon himself.

"[An] elegantly written book.... [The author] unravels the controversies over the legacy of Waterloo not only with a keen sense of nuance, but also with flair."—NYTBR


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