Napoleon and the Revolution.



I’ve just been asked a great question by Adrian Jordan – – which I thought I must share with you all. What are your thoughts? Please do let me know! (Adrian and I already have a discussion about this topic on my Birth of Modern Europe page, but I wanted to share this discussion with you all too!)

Did Napoleon let the revolution down, or was he an inevitable consequence of the ‘Terror’?

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A fantastic blog post concerning Napoleon’s retreat from Russia!

Military History Now

Two hundred years ago today, the last of Napoleon’s Grande Armee staggered out of Russia frostbitten, starving and half dead.

The ramshackle column of fewer than 50,000 scarecrows was all that remained of the seemingly unstoppable 690,000-strong invasion force that fearlessly marched into the Tsar’s empire on June 24.

By the end of the ill-fated six-month campaign, more than half a million of Bonaparte’s troops were dead, missing or captured. Some had died for lack of provisions. Others were killed in the epic battles at Smolensk and Borodino or the countless small skirmishes that were fought on the road to Moscow. Tens of thousands of others had deserted or even changed sides.

Yet according to a piece posted yesterday on entitled, “Why Napoleon Lost In Russia, One of the Great Military Upsets”, it wasn’t enemy generalship, the resolve of the Russian soldiers or even the brutal winter that…

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Napoleonic Maps


It’s always nice to have a good map to hand when trying to research the intricate details of battles and troop movements. To know about the topography and geography of the area you are studying, to know where the hills and dips are, and to know where forests and lakes are; all of these details help you to understand what problems a commander might have faced when deciding where exactly his troops should be placed, and therefore help us to understand why battles were lost or won!

Battle of Waterloo Map

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Napoleon – man or monster?


So, it’s finally the end of the year and during all the stress of revising and exams, students at Leeds Uni have to pick their modules for next year. Special subject and optional modules have to be picked and the dissertation thought about throughout the summer to be started on in the first term.

And Leeds Uni did me proud by providing two of the best subjects a Napoleonic Wars buff could ever want – special subject: Georgians at War (covering the Seven Year’s War to the Napoleonic Wars) and optional modules: Napoleon – Image, Myth and History. Fantastic!  Continue reading