Britain Against Napoleon The Organization of Victory 1793

Britain Against Napoleon The Organization of Victory 1793 1815 For than twenty years after 1793 the French army was supreme in continental Europe Only at sea was British power dominant though even with this crucial advantage the British population lived under fear of a French invasion for much of those two decades How was it that despite multiple changes of government and the assassination of a Prime Minister Britain survived and eventually won a generation long war against a regime which at its peak in 1807 commanded many times the resources and manpowerThis book looks beyond the familiar exploits of the army and navy to the politicians and civil servants and examines how they made it possible to continue the war at all It shows the degree to which the capacities of the whole British population were involved industrialists farmers shipbuilders cannon founders gunsmiths and gunpowder manufacturers all had continually to increase uality and output as the demands of the war remorselessly grew The intelligence war was also central Yet no participants were important he argues than the bankers and international traders of the City of London who played a critical role in financing the wars and without whom the armies of Britain's allies could not have taken the fieldThe Duke of Wellington famously said that the battle which finally defeated Napoleon was 'the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life' this book shows how true that was for the Napoleonic War as a whole474 pages narrative 678 pages in total

About the Author: R.J.B. Knight

Roger John Beckett Knight is one of the leading scholars in the field of 18th century and Napoleonic era British naval history A former Deputy Director of the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich he is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has served as a member of the council of both the Society for Nautical Research and the Navy Records Society

10 thoughts on “Britain Against Napoleon The Organization of Victory 1793 1815

  1. says:

    2 12 Stars Read after favorable review in The Economist and by several here Yet it falls short Incredible amounts of information but hardly a compelling style or organization Hugely repetitive for example the transition from clerks paid essentially by bribe to salaried clerks is mentioned in nearly every section The most common phrase in the book is as we saw in Chapter The last few chapters starting with finance are good And one has to enjoy knowing that the watchword for troops uartered

  2. says:

    This is a very good book The author has written a well received biography of Nelson and it shows The book does not suffer from want of detail or a paucity of interesting tidbits left for the readerI am a bit torn on the broad story line that is most interesting in “Britain Against Napoleon” BAN There are at least two and perhaps even three that come to mindFirst we are in the centennial for the Treaty of Versailles and related treaties that ended WW1 Versailles for lots of reasons including th

  3. says:

    In my small bit of the planet making a documentary television series on Napoleon this book is outstanding A massively needed account of a gap in the history of the Napoleonic era Invites readers to think of the Napoleonic Wars as a World War euivalent to 2WW

  4. says:

    A great book one I’d wish I’d read earlier This work presents a uniue history of Britain’s conflict against France from 1792 to 1815 If “amateurs study tactics while professionals study logistics” this book shows that “amateurs study strategy while professionals study a nation’s means of prosecuting conflict” Not presented as a description of strategy or as a narrative of the military engagements but instead as a deep dive into the Political Economic Military complex of the British state itsel

  5. says:

    This is an extraordinarily thorough and readable history for which the author deserves the highest praise The enthusiasm with which Knight approaches a potentially uite dry topic administration and logistics lends the writing a certain spark which makes it surprisingly gripping I will admit that after each chapter 30 pages I found myself uite tired Knight certainly packs in a lot of information and leaves the reader with many interesting concepts to ponder This history gave me a new perspective of the Napoleonic Wa

  6. says:

    Britain Against Napoleon by Roger Knight Giving Wellington credit is all well and good but the British state had to transform itself to beat the French

  7. says:

    A fascinating insight into the logistics and finance which went into Britain's war effort against Napoleon and the unsung heroes who kept Nelson's fleet and Wellington's army supplied with guns food ammunition gunpowder etc and the root and branch reform of Britain's institutions

  8. says:

    Outstanding book on how the British government organized itself and leveraged its resources to beat Napoleon

  9. says:

    Roger Knight’s book about how many aspects of British society contributed to the defeat of Napoleon is a huge book which is crammed full of detailed research I learned so much in reading this account including how the warships were built maintained manned and sailed how the army was supplied and funded how government was reorganised and administered efficiently and lots lots Knight tells the stories of the great characters involved in the fight against the Emperor including those in government such as prime ministers William Pitt Spen

  10. says:

    This was a very good book but I warn any prospective readers that there are two preconditions to find it interesting a the reader must be familiar with the general flow of events in the wars between Britain and France from 1793 to 1815 and b if you are not interested in the sinews of war – finance taxation production mobilization of manpower and logistics – this book is not for you For battle enthusiasts I also warn there is very little about the land and naval battles themselvesKnight has written an extensively researched and detailed acco

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