From Roger Knight, demonstrated by means of his multi-award successful publication The Pursuit of Victory as 'an authority ... none of his competitors can fit' (N.A.M. Rodger), Britain opposed to Napoleon is the 1st e-book to give an explanation for how the British nation effectively organised itself to beat Napoleon - and the way very shut it got here to defeat.
For greater than two decades after 1793, the French military was once superb in continental Europe, and the British inhabitants lived in worry of French invasion. How used to be it that regardless of a number of alterations of presidency and the assassination of a primary Minister, Britain survived and gained a generation-long conflict opposed to a regime which at its height in 1807 commanded repeatedly the assets and manpower?
This ebook seems to be past the accepted exploits of the military and military to the politicians and civil servants, and examines how they made it attainable to proceed the warfare in any respect. It exhibits the measure to which, because the calls for of the struggle remorselessly grew, the full British inhabitants needed to play its half. The intelligence struggle was once additionally important. but no members have been extra very important, Roger Knight argues, than the bankers and investors of the town of London, with out whose financing the armies of Britain's allies couldn't have taken the sector.
The Duke of Wellington famously acknowledged that the conflict which eventually defeated Napoleon used to be 'the nearest run factor you ever observed on your life': this publication indicates how precise that used to be for the Napoleonic warfare as a whole.
Roger Knight was once Deputy Director of the nationwide Maritime Museum till 2000, and now teaches on the Greenwich Maritime Institute on the college of Greenwich. In 2005 he released, with Allen Lane/Penguin, The Pursuit of Victory: The existence and success of Horatio Nelson, which received the Duke of Westminster's Medal for army historical past, the Mountbatten Award and the Anderson Medal of the Society for Nautical learn. the current booklet is a fruits of his life-long curiosity within the workings of the overdue 18th-century British state.