Oxford, UK: Osprey Publishing, 2014. Revised Edition. Quarto; VG+/no-DJ as issued, original slipcase included; Black spine with gilt lettering, Book stored in original hunter green cloth slipcase in very good condition; Strong, clean, Hunter green pictorial boards with gilt text and sharp corners looks unread, endpapers unmarked, binding tight; Textblock unmarked. pp. 390 ISBN: 9781472807731 A nice copy. From Introduction: "The significance of the Peninsular War was considerable. British historians have, for obvious reasons, been inclined to emphasize the part that it played in the downfall of Napoleon, while the emperor also assigned it much importance, famously calling it his 'Spanish ulcer'. But in this respect its effects have probably been exaggerated. Whilst it inspired many German nationalists, for example, it did not inspire much popular participation in the campaigns of 1813 and 1814, and still less did it persuade the people of Germany to heed the various attempts to persuade them to rise against Napoleon that were made in the course of 1809. Nor did it do much to erode the emperor's war-making capacity, as it is hard, for instance, to see how the forces caught up in the Peninsular War would have made much difference in Russia in 1812. Nevertheless, the continued struggle in the Peninsula undoubtedly strengthened the credibility of British diplomacy in the period 1812-14, while the heavy losses suffered in Spain and Portugal certainly played their part in eroding support for the French ruler in the final crisis of the empire. In Spain and Portugal, by contrast, no one can doubt its importance. In both states it was the key to liberal revolution, loss of empire and a series of civil wars, whilst in Spain in particular it gave birth to a long tradition of military intervention in politics that culminated in the bloody conflict of 1936-39 and the subsequent dictatorship of General Franco." [Oversized book. Additional postage necessary for expedited/international orders. Economy International shipping unavailable due to weight restrictions. For international/expedited customers, please inquire for rates]. NASS Military. (Inventory #: 14-430-1263878)
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