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The Napoleonic Wars: A Global History

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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.

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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.

Chapter 1 The Revolutionary Prelude
Chapter 2 The Eighteenth-Century International Order
Chapter 3 The War of the First Coalition, 1792-1797
Chapter 4 The Making of "La Grande Nation," 1797-1802
Chapter 5 The Second Coalition War and the Origins of the "Great Game"
Chapter 6 The Rites of Peace, 1801-1802
Chapter 7 The Road to War, 1802-1803
Chapter 8 The Rupture, 1803
Chapter 9 The Elephant Against the Whale: France and Britain at War, 1803-1804
Chapter 10 The Emperor's Conquest, 1805-1807
Chapter 11 "War Through Other Means": Europe and the Continental System
Chapter 12 The Struggle for Portugal and Spain, 1807-1812
Chapter 13 The Grand Empire, 1807-1812
Chapter 14 The Emperor's Last Triumph
Chapter 15 The Northern Question, 1807-1811
Chapter 16 "An Empire Besieged": The Ottomans and the Napoleonic Wars
Chapter 17 The Qajar Connection: Iran and the European Powers, 1804-1814
Chapter 18 Britain's Expeditionary Warfare, 1805-1810
Chapter 19 Britain's Eastern Empire, 1800-1815
Chapter 20 The Western Question? Struggle for the Americas, 1808-1815
Chapter 21 The Turning Point, 1812
Chapter 22 The Fall of the French Empire
Chapter 23 The War and Peace, 1814-1815
Chapter 24 The Aftermath of the Great War
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