The Peninsular War: A New History

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St. Martin's Press, Mar 17, 2015 - History - 640 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  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

This is an excellent treatment of the War in Iberia. We visit the politics of England, Spain, Portugal, France and Great Britain to create a remarkably clear picture of what happened from 1807 to 1815 ... Read full review

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The classic British story of the Peninsular War follows the Henry V template of a merry band of brothers winning against the odds. Charles J. Esdaile's account puts the Portuguese and the Spanish back ... 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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