Napoleon's Cursed War: Spanish Popular Resistance in the Peninsular War, 1808-1814

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Verso, 2008 - History - 587 pages

In this definitive account of the Peninsular War (1808-14), Napoleon's six-yearwar against Spain, Ronald Fraser examines what led to the emperor'sdevastating defeat against the popular opposition - the guerrillas -and their British and Portuguese allies. As well as relating thehistories of the great political and military figures of the war,Fraser brings to life the anonymous masses - the artisans, peasants andwomen who fought, suffered and died - and restores their role in thisbarbaric war to its rightful place while overturning the view that thiswas a straightforward military campaign. This vivid, meticulouslyresearched book offers a distinct and profound vision of "Napoleon'sVietnam" and shows the reality of the disasters of war: the suffering,discontents and social upheaval that accompanied the fighting.

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A sociological study of the roots of the Guerrillas of the Peninsula, with a lot of statistics on the Spanish Society of the time. There is not much romance but the author constructed databases ... Read full review

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I read this book as part of my interest in the Penninsular war. I have to admit at the end I was touched at all the personal stories related throughout the book as well as a broad, detailed account of the war and the statistics. Through this story I have come to understand the profound effects on the future of Europe and the New World.  


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Ronald Fraser is the leading oral historian of twentieth-century Spain. He is the author of several books, including In Hiding, In Search of a Past, Blood of Spain and Napoleon's Cursed War.

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