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Who was who in the Napoleonic wars
Haythornthwaite, Philip J. (Philip John), 1951-
Publication Information:
London : Arms & Armour, 1998.
Physical Description:
351 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 26 cm
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DC226.4 .H39 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The French Revolution is one of the most exciting periods in history, but even the most devoted history buff has a hard time keeping up with the personalities who helped create the modern world. Now a comprehensive biographical dictionary profiles more than 500 of the most important figures in the Napoleonic Wars, the War of 1812, and other conflicts of the period. Besides covering hundreds of the most prominent military leaders, entries feature political leaders, scientists, and engineers who developed new weapons and other relevant inventions, and even composers of the most popular marching songs. 320 pages, 250 b/w illus., 7 1/2 x 9 3/4.

Author Notes

Philip J. Haythornthwaite is a military historian and author. He has written over 40 books including The Napoleonic Source Book and The Armies of Wellington.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Haythornthwaite is a prolific author of military history with many titles of English, American, and especially Napoleonic interest to his credit. This latest monograph surveys approximately 888 individuals who were important during the period of the French Revolution through the Napoleonic reign. An occasional entry will survey more than one person; for example, the entry for poet AndreChenier also includes information on his brother, Marie-Joseph-Blaise Chenier. Included within this survey is the War of 1812, involving the U.S. and many American figures, such as Andrew Jackson, John Jay, and Francis Scott Key. The majority of the subjects surveyed are military figures, but prominent politicians and some cultural luminaries are covered, as well as a few women. Arrangement is alphabetical by name. Appropriately placed throughout the text are about 306 black-and-white portraits and pictures of individuals. Also, approximately 25 half-tone pictures of historical events are scattered throughout the volume, adding mood to the entries but little else. A typical entry provides the person's name in bold letters with birth and death years. More specific death dates are frequently cited within the text. Most entries are about one-third page in length. A random survey determined that about half of the entries have a short bibliographic citation at the end referring to predominantly English-language works. There are only a few citations to periodicals. At the front of the book is a Footnote References page providing bibliographic information for citations within the text. There are few comparable books. One excellent resource is Dictionary of the Napoleonic Wars by David G. Chandler (Macmillan, 1979). With approximately 1,200 entries, Chandler's title covers battles as well as persons, and has nine in-depth essay entries of 2,000 to 7,000 words in length, as well as an extensive bibliography. For academic and large public libraries that do not own Chandler, Who Was Who in the Napoleonic Wars is worth considering. Reference Books in brief The following is a list of additional recent and recommended reference sources.