The Peninsular War: A New History

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St. Martin's Press, Jun 14, 2003 - History - 587 pages
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At the end of the 18th century Spain remained one of the world's most powerful empires. Portugal, too, was prosperous at the time. By 1808, everything had changed. Portugal was under occupation and ravaged by famine, disease, economic problems and political instability. Spain had imploded and worse was to come. For the next six years, the peninsula was the helpless victim of others, suffering perhaps over a million deaths while troops from all over Europe tore it to pieces. Charles Esdaile's brilliant new history of the conflict makes plain the scope of the tragedy and its far-reaching effects, especially the poisonous legacy that produced the Spanish civil war of 1936-9.

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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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Charles Esdaile is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Liverpool. He is the author of The Wars of Napoleon, The French Wars, and others. He lives in England.

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