This book presents a general summary of the views on the history of the world held by various historians’ perspective. Rest of the book is derived from author’s main work of 20 years on the Napoleonic period.
Narrative includes four stories of the Secret Service that illustrate in different fashions the underworld of political and military intrigue which escapes notice in other general history work.
Some of the material included in this book is derived from the study of the British tactics before the Peninsular War and helps to comprehend Duke of Wellington’s methods of warfare with Napoleon and his armies. Discussion is included on Napoleon’s system of using his cavalry as a generalization with a specific study of the handling of the cavalry by his generals in the Spanish War.
Table of Contents
I. Historical Perspective II. A Defence of Military History III. The Battle of Maida IV. A Duel of 1887 V. Column and Line in the Peninsula FOUR TALES OF THE SECRECT SERVICE VI. The baron De Agra, 1808-9 VII. Brother James Roberson in the Baltic VIII. Baron Kolli and the Prisoner of Valencay IX. Major Colquhoun Grant’s Tour in France X. A Prisoner of Albuera XI. How General Isaac Brock Saved Canada XII. Napoleon and His Cavalry XIII. The Duke of Wellington as Prime Minster MAPS Clabria, The Battle of Maida, major Brooke’s Travels, The Niagra Peninsula
Sir Charles William Chadwick Oman KBE (12 January 1860 – 23 June 1946) was a British military historian. His reconstructions of medieval battles from the fragmentary and distorted accounts left by chroniclers were pioneering. Occasionally his interpretations have been challenged, especially his widely copied thesis that British troops defeated their Napoleonic opponents by firepower alone. Paddy Griffith, among modern historians, claims that the British infantry's discipline and willingness to attack were equally important.