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Fighting Napoleon: Guerrillas, Bandits and Adventurers in Spain, 1808-1814

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A longside the Spanish army in the campaign against Napoleon (1808-1814) was an assortment of freebooters, local peasants, and bandits who were organized into ad hoc regional private armies. These "guerrillas"--a term introduced to the English language during the Peninsular War--ambushed French convoys, attacked French encampments, and pounced upon, dodged, and fought French columns, often with extreme brutality. This book investigates for the first time the irregular Spanish forces and their role in resisting Napoleon. Delving deeply into previously untapped archival resources, Charles Esdaile arrives at an entirely new view of the Spanish guerrillas. He shows that the Spanish war against Napoleon was something other than the great popular crusade of legend, that many guerrillas were not armed civilians acting spontaneously, and that guerrillas were more often driven by personal motives than high-minded ideology. Tracking down the bandit armies and assessing their contributions, Esdaile offers important insights into the famous "little war" and the motives of those who fought it.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300101126
Author:
Esdaile, Charles J.
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Location:
New Haven Conn.
Subject:
Spain
Subject:
History
Subject:
Military - Napoleonic Wars
Subject:
France
Subject:
Guerrilla warfare
Subject:
Peninsular War, 1807-1814
Subject:
Wars of Liberation, 181
Subject:
Spain - History - Napoleonic Conquest, 1808-
Subject:
World History-Napoleon
Subject:
Military-General History
Subject:
General History
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
Nr. 92
Publication Date:
20040431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 b/w illus. + 2 maps
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1.48 lb

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