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The Battle: A New History of Waterloo (2003)

by Alessandro Barbero

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In the afternoon of March 1, 1815, a fleet consisting of one warship and six smaller vessels dropped anchor off Golfe-Juan on the southeastern coast of France, in view of what are today the most luxurious vacation spots on the Cote d'Azur but were then miserable fishing villages clinging to the edge of an inhospitable landscape.
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Het relaas van een veldslag lijkt enigszins op het relaas van een dansfeest. Sommigen kunnen zich alle geringe gebeurtenissen herinneren die het winnen of het verliezen van de veldslag tot gevolg hebben gehad, maar niemand kon zich de volgorde herinneren, of het exacte moment waarop ze hebben plaats-gevonden, en juist dat maakt het verschil.
Ik ben een tegenstander van elk voornemen om een zogeheten geschiedenis van de slag bij Waterloo te schrijven. Want als de ware geschiedenis wordt opgetekend, wat zal er dan overblijven van de roem van degenen die deze terecht hebben verworven vanwege hun moed, maar van wie de helft er NIET zo goed af zou komen als hun fouten gepubliceerd zouden worden?
Laat de slag bij Waterloo maar rusten. (Arthur Wellesly, hertog van Wellington).
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802715001, Paperback)

At Waterloo, some 70,000 men under Napoleon and an equal number under Wellington faced one another in a titanic and bloody struggle. In the end, as John Keegan notes, contemporaries felt that Napoleon's defeat had "reversed the tide of European history." Even 190 years later, the name Waterloo resounds.

Italian historian Alessandro Barbero's majestic new account stands apart from previous British and French histories by giving voice to all the nationalities that took part. Invoking the memories of British, French, and Prussian soldiers, Barbero meticulously re-creates the conflict as it unfolded, from General Reille's early afternoon assault on the chateau of Hougoumont, to the desperate last charge of Napoleon's Imperial Guard as evening settled in. From privates to generals, Barbero recounts individual miracles and tragedies, moments of courage and foolhardiness, skillfully blending them into the larger narrative of the battle's extraordinary ebb and flow. One is left with indelible images: cavalry charges against soldiers formed in squares; the hand-to-hand combat around farmhouses; endless cannon balls and smoke. And, finally, a powerful appreciation of the inevitability and futility of war.

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At Waterloo, some 70,000 men under Napoleon and an equal number under Wellington faced one another in a titanic battle. Alessandro Barbero's majestic account combines British and French histories to give voice to all nationions involved. The Battle is a masterpiece of military history. 'This is not just the best book on Waterloo I've read, it's also one of the most original and stimulating works of military history I've come across in years. *****' Simon Shaw, Mail On Sunday… (more)

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