This book covers the period from Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo to his surrender to the British.
From the dust jacket:
Napoleon’s incredible career went through a number of distinct periods. Much has been written about his rise to power, his time as leader of France, his final defeat at Waterloo and his exile on St Helena. But the short critical period of his fall from power, the few months in 1815 between Waterloo and his departure to St Helena, has received less attention. J. David Markham’s gripping new study focuses on this, Napoleon’s last effort to control his own destiny, and the final dramatic episodes in his fateful career.
The immediate aftermath of Waterloo is as fascinating as any stage in Napoleon’s career. The story combines elements of treachery and deceit, indecision, error, politics and law. It features high drama and a good measure of pathos. During this time Napoleon could have held on to power, escaped to the United States or been shot, and the story of how he came to surrender to the British will leave the reader amazed. As J. David Markham unravels the web of politics and intrigue that surrounded the defeated emperor, he gives a penetrating insight into Napoleon the man during the darkest, most difficult months of his life. His account also offers a sharp insight into the powerful, often devious personalities of the cast of characters who played leading roles in the drama. He quotes extensively from the diaries and memoirs of the principal actors, including Napoleon himself, in order to reconstruct the complex, fast-moving sequence of events.
J. David Markham’s graphic account is a valuable contribution to the history of the Napoleonic epoch, and it gives a compelling insight into Napoleon in the months and days when he was forced to relinquish his grip on power.
History Revisited: The Great Battles Eminent Historians Take On the Great Works of Alternative History
This anthology collects seven of the top stories in the alternate military-history genre by writers Harry Turtledove, Kim Stanley Robinson, John Mina, William Saunders, Michael F. Flynn, and editor Mike Resnick and submits them to scrutiny by seven eminent historians to find out just how probable the events they describe really are. Addressing pivotal historical events—including the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan, the Battle of New Orleans, radical politics and Southern strategy in the mid-20th century, the Napoleonic wars, Alcibiades’s sack of Syracuse, the American Civil War, and Kenya’s fight for independence from Britain—this book seeks to find out how different circumstances could have affected world history. Historians present intriguing questions about these events, such as Could our atomic bomb policy really have been changed by one faulty screw? What if Napoleon had become emperor of the United States, leading such heroes as Crockett and Houston in the Battle of New Orleans? Would Admiral Nelson’s defection to France really have altered the course of the Napoleonic wars? Would President Lincoln’s assassination during the Gettysburg Address have left the Confederacy as a separate country? From one end of the historical spectrum to the other, this book looks at what didn’t happen in military history to gain a richer understanding of all that did.
As editor, I wrote a general introduction and introductions to each of the articles. I also wrote a response to one of the alternative histories. An abridged audio book has also been produced (that includes all that I wrote), and I was honored to be one of the readers.
“Written by one of the leading specialists in the Napoleonic history, this book is going to be a wonderful present in commemoration of bicentennials of the Patriotic War of 1812,” – Eman M. Vovsi, Institute on Napoléon & the French Revolution (USA)
Winner 2007 Instituto Napoleónico México-Francia Count Las Cases Memorial Prize for Napoleonic Literature in English
Not since Caesar’s Commentaries have military bulletins revealed so much about a great leader!
A book of extraordinary importance to Napoleonic scholarship
President, International Napoleonic Society
A major contribution to Napoleonic studies... a welcome addition to individual libraries and a must for colleges and universities
Chevalier, Palms Académiques, Past President, Napoleonic Alliance
Selected as book of the month by Foundation Napoléon, Paris.
My contributions included:
Abensberg, Battle of (1809)
Alamo, Battle of (1836)
Beresina, Battles of (1812)
Copenhagen, First Battle of (1801)
Copenhagen, Second Battle of (1807)
Eylau, Battle of (1807)
Krasnoi, Battles of (1812)
Landshut, Battle of (1809)
Pultusk, Battle of (1806)
Smolensk, Battle of (1812)
My segments were:
Aboukir, Battle of (1799)
Amiens, Treaty of (1802)
Beyle, Henri (French novelist; psuedonym: Stendhal)
Brumaire, Coup of (1799)
Byron, George (English poet)
Campo Formio, Treaty of (1797)
Lodi, Battle of (1796)
Lowe, Sir Hudson
Sieyès, Emmanuel Joseph
Menou, Jacques-François de Boussay, Baron
Montholon, Charles Tristan
Moscow, Occupation of (1812)
Prisoners of War
Smolensk, Battle of (1812)Vitebsk, Battle of (1812)
Vinkov, Battle of (1812)
Verling, James Roch
"This pioneering Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History is designed to help both beginners and experts to sample the best contemporary efforts to make sense of the human past by connecting particular and local histories with larger patterns of world history."
--William H. McNeill, author of The Rise of the West and The Human Web
I wrote the segments on Julius Caesar, Augustus Caesar and Napoleon Bonaparte.
I wrote the segment on Napoleon Bonaparte.