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Oxford University Press
15 February 2020
History; Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900; Napoleonic Wars; Battles & campaigns
Austerlitz, Wagram, Borodino, Trafalgar, Leipzig, Waterloo: these are the places most closely associated with the Napoleonic Wars. But how did this period of nearly continuous warfare affect the world beyond Europe? The immensity of the fighting waged by France against England, Prussia, Austria, and Russia, and the immediate consequences of the tremors that spread from France as a result, overshadow the profound repercussions that the Napoleonic Wars had throughout the world.

In this far-ranging work, Alexander Mikaberidze argues that the Napoleonic Wars can only be fully understood with an international context in mind. France struggled for dominance not only on the plains of Europe but also in the Americas, West and South Africa, Ottoman Empire, Iran, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Mediterranean Sea, and the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Taking specific regions in turn, Mikaberidze discusses major political-military events around the world and situates geopolitical decision-making within its long- and short-term contexts. 

From the British expeditions to Argentina and South Africa to the Franco-Russian maneuvering in the Ottoman Empire, the effects of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars would shape international affairs well into the next century. In Egypt, the Wars led to the rise of Mehmed Ali and the emergence of a powerful Egyptian state; in North America, the period transformed and enlarged the newly established United States; and in South America, the Spanish colonial empire witnessed the start of national-liberation movements that ultimately ended imperial control.

Skillfully narrated and deeply researched, here at last is the complete global story of the period, one that expands our contemporary view of the Napoleonic Wars and their role in laying the foundations of the modern world.
By:   Alexander Mikaberidze (Louisiana State University at Shreveport)
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 161mm,  Spine: 59mm
Weight:   1.422kg
ISBN:   9780199951062
ISBN 10:   0199951063
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   15 February 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Preface ; Chapter 1: The Revolutionary Prelude ; Chapter 2: Europe in Turmoil ; Chapter 3: The < Eastern Question> ; Chapter 4: Forging a new North Africa ; Chapter 5: The Tehran Connection ; Chapter 6: The American Dream ; Chapter 7: Towards a Brighter Future ; Chapter 8: The Indian Dreams ; Chapter 9: At the Edge of the World ; Chapter 10: Into the Unknown Continent ; Conclusion ; Sources ; Notes

Alexander Mikaberidze is Associate Professor of European History at Louisiana State University at Shreveport. He is the author of several books, including The Burning of Moscow: Napoleon's Trial by Fire 1812 and The Battle of Borodino: Napoleon versus Kutuzov.

Reviews for The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History

Far broader and deeper in scope than any previous history of the Napoleonic Wars, Alexander Mikaberidze has produced a true masterpiece. He proves conclusively how intimately interconnected the events of the great struggle were, not just in Europe but also encompassing the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Iran, India, China and Japan. He rightly argues that as an agent for social change, the Napoleonic Wars were the most important thing to have taken place between the Reformation and World War I. With his mastery of the myriad sources in multiple languages, Mikaberidze reminds us what first-class scholarship can do to our perceptions of an important subject when allied to excellent writing. This book will be become an instant modern classic. --Prof Andrew Roberts, author of Churchill: Walking with Destiny


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