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DIARY OF A NAPOLEONIC FOOT SOLDIER

Author : Jakob Walter
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A grunt’s-eye report from the battlefield in the spirit of The Red Badge of Courage and All Quiet on the Western Front—the only known account by a common soldier of the campaigns of Napoleon’s Grand Army between 1806 and 1813. When eighteen-year-old German stonemason Jakob Walter was conscripted into the Grand Army of Napoleon, he had no idea of the trials that lay ahead. The long, grueling marches in Prussia and Poland sacrificed countless men to Bonaparte’s grand designs. And the disastrous Russian campaign tested human endurance on an epic scale. Demoralized by defeat in a war few supported or understood, deprived of ammunition and leadership, driven past reason by starvation and bitter cold, men often turned on one another, killing fellow soldiers for bread or an able horse. Though there are numerous surviving accounts of the Napoleonic Wars written by officers, Walter’s is the only known memoir by a draftee, and as such is a unique and fascinating document—a compelling chronicle of a young soldier’s loss of innocence as well as an eloquent and moving portrait of the profound effects of war on the men who fight it. Professor Marc Raeff has added an Introduction to the memoirs as well as six letters home from the Russian front, previously unpublished in English, from German conscripts who served concurrently with Walter. The volume is illustrated with engravings and maps, contemporary with the manuscript, from the Russian/Soviet and East European collections of the New York Public Library. Honest, heartfelt, deeply personal yet objective, The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier is more than an informative and absorbing historical document—it is a timeless and unforgettable account of the horrors of war.

The Plague Cycle

Author : Charles Kenny
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A vivid, sweeping history of mankind’s battles with infectious disease, for readers of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Yuval Harari’s Sapiens and John Barry’s The Great Influenza. For four thousand years, the size and vitality of cities, economies, and empires were heavily determined by infection. Striking humanity in waves, the cycle of plagues set the tempo of civilizational growth and decline, since common response to the threat was exclusion—quarantining the sick or keeping them out. But the unprecedented hygiene and medical revolutions of the past two centuries have allowed humanity to free itself from the hold of epidemic cycles—resulting in an urbanized, globalized, and unimaginably wealthy world. However, our development has lately become precarious. Climate and population fluctuations and aspects of our prosperity such as global trade have left us more vulnerable than ever to newly emerging plagues. Greater global cooperation toward sustainable health is urgently required—such as the international efforts to harvest a Covid-19 vaccine—with millions of lives and trillions of dollars at stake. Written as colorful history, The Plague Cycle reveals the relationship between civilization, globalization, prosperity, and infectious disease over the past five millennia. It harnesses history, economics, and public health, and charts humanity’s remarkable progress, providing a fascinating and timely look at the cyclical nature of infectious disease.

1812 Napoleon s Invasion of Russia

Author : Paul Britten Austin
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This volume brings together Austin's atmospheric trilogy on Napoleon's Russian campaign, allowing the reader to trace the course of Napoleon's doomed soldiers from the crossing of the Niemen in 1812 to the finale in the depths of a Russian winter.

The Age of Napoleon

Author : Harry Henderson
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Discusses French history under the influence of Napoleon Bonaparte's rise from lowly origins to military and political power, ending with his defeat and the legacy he left to Europe.

Napoleon s Doctors

Author : Martin R. Howard
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A comprehensive account, in English, of the medical services of the famed "Grande Armee" - a story dominated by the Emperor, his loyal doctors and the brutal realities of Napoleonic warfare.

Napoleon Against Russia

Author : Digby Smith
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"[The author's] new account of the great, grim events of 1812 is based on the diaries and letters of soldiers who survived, many of which have not been published in English before. They describe ... the deadly effect of Napoleon's faulty decisions on the lives of his men, to say nothing of the innumerable Russian military and civilian casualties his campaign caused. The introductory chapter examines the background to the invasion and the immense preparations that were made under Napoleon's orders ... The author also covers the campaigns on the northern and southern flanks that are often overshadowed by the events in the centre"--Jacket.

American Entomologist

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The Western Experience

Author : Mortimer Chambers
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V.1. From the Renaisasnce to the Moder Era -- v. 2. Since the Sixteenth Century.

Encyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism 1800 1914

Author : Carl Cavanagh Hodge
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Presents information on the era between the Napoleonic Wars and the outbreak of World War I strongly characterized by the extension of power and dominion of some nations over many others by military coercion or by political and economic compulsions.

Great Conquerors

Author : Claire Price-Groff
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Provides information on six military conquerors including Attila the Hun and Alexander the Great.

The Making of the West Volume II Since 1500

Author : Lynn Hunt
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A team of renowned scholar-teachers created The Making of the West to address three of the biggest challenges teachers of western civilization face — demonstrating how the West has been an evolving entity shaped by global influences; conveying the dynamic interaction of social, political, cultural, and economic history in shaping events over time; and revealing the historical roots of developments in today’s world. Through a ground-breaking chronological synthesis, the narrative deftly weaves together the main events, people, and themes of a specific time, thus providing a balanced, easy-to-follow story line. New aids to guide student reading and enhancements to the book’s organization bring the essence of western history to the fore in the most accessible edition yet.

The Sarmatian Review

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The New Yorker

Author : Harold Wallace Ross
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Documentary Editing

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The Bulletin

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The Journal of Military History

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The French Revolution

Author : Laura Mason
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presented alongside those of sans-culottes; the histories of women, peasants, and the free blacks and slaves of Saint Domingue are represented, as are the testimonies of revolutionaries and counter-revolutionaries alike. Documents range from political pamphlets, decrees by legislative bodies, and police reports to popular petitions from the countryside and popular literature from the period. Short narrative histories ... provid[e] students with a context in which to evaluate the documents. [This book is

Jim Kobak s Kirkus Reviews

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Warfare in Europe 1650 1792

Author : Jeremy Black
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Scholars have tended to underrate the importance of war in the period 1650–1792, as there is a feeling that periods before and after were more consequential for military development. This collection of essays sets out to address this problem, probing the nature of warfare throughout Europe from the middle of the seventeenth century to the end of the eighteenth.

The Unabashed Librarian

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