British strategy in the Napoleonic War, 1803-15 /
Christopher D. Hall.
Manchester : Manchester University Press, 1999, c1992.
xii, 239 p. ; 23 cm.
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Manchester : Manchester University Press, 1999, c1992.
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"Special edition for Sandpiper Books Ltd, 1999."
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [214]-228) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1992-12:
In this well-researched study, Hall contributes a worthwhile examination of how British ministries implemented strategic policy in the Napoleonic Wars. Britain's size and maritime character influenced these decisions. Population restrictions limited campaigns to comparatively small ones, such as Iberia, while mercantile wealth financed subsidies to allies. Commerce and empire generated money and resources, but both required defense and often drew Britain into peripheral adventures. The English Channel protected Britain from invasion, but it also hindered operations against the Continent. After war was declared in 1803, Britain first fought defensively, protecting the homeland and expanding the empire instead of opposing Napoleon directly in Europe. Portland's ministry (1807-1809) shifted to a European strategy with campaigns in the Baltic, Mediterranean, Iberia, and the Low Countries, often intended to help its allies. This approach continued into the Waterloo campaign, where Britain made the Low Countries the highest priority. Overall, Hall defends British leadership and its decisions, and praises the efforts to raise men, resources, and money for the war. Undergraduate; graduate; faculty; general. P. L. de Rosa; formerly, Merrimack College
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Table of Contents
List of maps
Manpower and moneyp. 1
The sinews of warp. 27
The political backgroundp. 53
Strategic options and pressuresp. 74
Addington and Pittp. 102
The Ministry of the Talentsp. 130
The Portland ministryp. 153
The ministries of Perceval and Liverpoolp. 184
App. 1 The chief Cabinet positions with strategic responsibility and their holders, 1803-15p. 210
App. 2 The strengths and dispositions of the army outside Britain and Ireland, 25 August 1813p. 212
App. 3 The disposition of the Royal Navy's warships, 1 January 1807p. 213
Bibliographyp. 214
Indexp. 229
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