[PDF / Epub] ☉ Britain Against Napoleon: The Organization of Victory, 1793-1815 By R.J.B. Knight – Burberry-outlets-online.co.uk

Britain Against Napoleon: The Organization of Victory, 1793-1815 Very dense, there is an awful lot of information to digest It is mostly in thematic rather than chronological order, although there is a rough division based around the 1802 Peace of Amiens, where Britain was out of the war I probably ought to have read this after some general histories of the Napoleonic Wars That said, it really does convey the sheer scale of the effort over twenty years to defeat France The author certainly makes their case well that this was a total war akin to the word w Very dense, there is an awful lot of information to digest It is mostly in thematic rather than chronological order, although there is a rough division based around the 1802 Peace of Amiens, where Britain was out of the war I probably ought to have read this after some general histories of the Napoleonic Wars That said, it really does convey the sheer scale of the effort over twenty years to defeat France The author certainly makes their case well that this was a total war akin to the word wars, in my opinion 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 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. For Than Twenty Years After , 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 Commanded Many Times The Resources And Manpower This 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 Quality 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 Whole Pages Narrative, Pages In Total This is an extraordinarily thorough and readable history for which the author deserves the highest praise The enthusiasm with which Knight approaches a potentially quite 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 quite 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 This is an extraordinarily thorough and readable history for which the author deserves the highest praise The enthusiasm with which Knight approaches a potentially quite 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 quite 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 Wars that works very well in complement withtraditional military and political histories It is a behind the scenes look at the British war effort that will connect many dots for an avid reader of Napoleonic history For a casual reader looking to dip into Napoleonic history for the first time, I would not recommend it Not only is it very dense, it also assumes a general knowledge of the course of events in the wars Important events such as the Treaty of Amiens and the Treaty of Tilsit are frequently mentioned but not fully described or explained Further, the book is arranged thematically, with the result that Knight jumps through the full course of the wars 1793 1815 in every chapter It is not a chronological history, and hence requires prior knowledge to prevent frustration.Overall I would certainly recommend this to readers of Napoleonic history that seek an understanding of the importance of government planning, policy, administration and logistics in orchestrating a significant war effort Outstanding book on how the British government organized itself and leveraged its resources to beat Napoleon 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 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 administeredefficiently and lots, lotsKnight tells the stories of the great characters involved in the fight against the Emperor including t 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 administeredefficiently and lots, lotsKnight tells the stories of the great characters involved in the fight against the Emperor including those in government such as prime ministers William Pitt Spencer Percival and the civil service such as John Barrow at the admiralty He also tells us about the military leaders we know so well and of the bankers and financiers such as Nathan Rothschild who enabled the government to raise funds and to pay money to contractors, suppliers, service men and foreign allies at the right time.The detail Knight squeezes into his masterpiece is incredible for example he tells us quite a lot about gun and gun powder manufacture.In fact, there is so much in this book I found it quite overwhelming at times and it did take me quite a long time to get through it However, the effort was well worth it This is a thoroughly comprehensive, erudite and exceedingly well researched account of the British government, civil service and bureaucratic inrastructure of the Napoleonic wars Given its narrow focus it won t be read by many, but for those with an interest in the period it is hard to see this being bettered for a long time 25 years ago I decided not to pursue a PhD on the foreign policy of the Portland Government 1807 09 a wise choice that I have never regretted Had I done so, this is t This is a thoroughly comprehensive, erudite and exceedingly well researched account of the British government, civil service and bureaucratic inrastructure of the Napoleonic wars Given its narrow focus it won t be read by many, but for those with an interest in the period it is hard to see this being bettered for a long time 25 years ago I decided not to pursue a PhD on the foreign policy of the Portland Government 1807 09 a wise choice that I have never regretted Had I done so, this is the sort of book that I would have aspired to write It was nice to be reminded of some of the politicians that I studied and wrote about 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 reader.I 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 mind.First, we are in the centennial for the Treaty of Versailles and related treaties that ended WW1 Versailles, for lots of reasons inc 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 reader.I 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 mind.First, we are in the centennial for the Treaty of Versailles and related treaties that ended WW1 Versailles, for lots of reasons including the exclusion of Germany and the USSR, is seen as the exemplar for winning the war but losing the peace a treaty that guaranteed that WW2 would occur as the second part of a 20th century thirty years war.BAN provides an example of the reverse losing the war and winning the peace Knight is not referring to the war against the French and Napoleon that was a war ending in victory and which was accompanied by a fairly resilient peace that came out of the Congress of Vienna Knight is referring to the Treaty of Paris of 1783 that concluded the American War of Independence Knight s global argument in the book is that while Britain lost the colonies, it got the peace right and used the time to build a political economic system that prepared it for the next war and allowed it to defeat Napoleon and dominate the world in the 19th century up through WW1 This is a really good story line and I think the author is spot on in making it.A second story line in BAN is that of organization and bureaucracy as weapons of war Sure, there are great battles that have the potential to change the world, but this is a history of twenty plus years of warfare involving millions of people fighting on land and sea across vast expanses of territory If you can get a sufficient number of ships and crews provisioned and deployed ahead of your enemies and you have an edge that will become increasingly powerful over time This was also one of the very first modern economic wars in which the entire manpower and economy of the nation are pressed into service People can be rallied to great sacrifice and accomplish much in the short term In the long term, national enthusiasm may subside, losses mount, fatigue sets in, and demography becomes a burden You had better have some organizational systems in place that support a mass war effort in the long haul The key is in the title of the book France had Napoleon, but Britain had to have a lotthan a charismatic leader and a committed citizen army and the Royal Navy is as much a big complex and capital intensive system as it is anything else You could even put a modern emphasis on this France had Napoleon but Britain had LOGISTICS The Napoleonic War and the Industrial Revolution merge together here to great effect.There is actually a third narrative running through the book the transition from the traditional aristocratic hierarchy controlling the British war effort to a newer andprofessional bureaucratic organization of the war effort This involved two separate transitions The first is from a system in which office holders did not really have to work too hard and in which they exerted quasi ownership rights over their offices extra pay and bribes, perquisites, etc This old system changed to a system that wasrational and task based, with standardized compensation schemes and work rules, and large bodies of clerks and secretaries to process requests and keep records The change from the old system to the new also involved a generational shift as a new set of leaders, often much younger than those they replaced 30 40 year differences in some cases Knight s account of this transition suggests that it could have been the subject of numerous self help books if such genres had been established at the time There was also a lot of material on the interaction of public agencies and private firms in the course of the wars Developing this further would have required a much longer book.What didn t I like I do not have a lot of complaints One issue I have involves level of analysis If I focus on the administrators and bureaucrats, I keep away from the battle and heroics of the military almost by definition OK, so Napoleon had his issues, but how did France handle or not handle its organizational and bureaucratic issues That did not bother me too much since the book is already quite long and a detailed French comparison would lengthen it further To be clear, this does not negate Knight s arguments and there were some areas of focus on France, such as in the Continental system My concern isone of emphasis and focus Knight does provide for a focused application of his argument towards the end when he discusses in tandem Napoleon s attack on Russia and the continuing war on the Iberian peninsula In both of these campaigns the superior logistics of the allies and the extended geographic strain on the French combined to turn the tide of the entire war against Napoleon Knight also provides some background on financial changes during this period although there could easily have beenWhat better reason for developing a rational bureaucracy than to run an active taxation system This is a challenging book to read, with lots of details, many names, and almost as many subplots Overall, it is well worth the effort and is an outstanding study of bureaucratic organizations and history long before such organization became the norm, especially after WW2 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, equivalent to 2WW.

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