British Liberators in the Age of Napoleon

British Liberators in the Age of Napoleon

Fighting Under the Spanish Flag in the Peninsular War

eBook - 2013
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Bloomsbury Pub Plc
This book unveils the role of a hitherto unrecognized group of men who, long before the International Brigades made its name in the Spanish Civil War, also found reasons to fight under the Spanish flag. Their enemy was not fascism, but what could be at times an equally overbearing ideology: Napoleon's imperialism.

Although small in number, British volunteers played a surprisingly influential role in the conduct of war operations, in politics, gender and social equality, in cultural life both in Britain and Spain and even in relation to emancipation movements in Latin America. Some became prisoners of war while a few served with guerrilla forces.

Many of the works published about the Peninsular War in the last two decades have adopted an Anglocentric narrative, writing the Spanish forces out of victories, or have tended to present the war, not as much won by the allies, but lost by the French. This book takes a radically different approach by drawing on previously untapped archival sources to argue that victory was the outcome of a truly transnational effort.

Baker & Taylor
"This book unveils the role of a hitherto unrecognized group of men who, long before the International Brigades made its name in the Spanish Civil War, also found reasons to fight under the Spanish flag. Their enemy was not fascism, but what could be at times an equally overbearing ideology: Napoleon's imperialism. Although small in number, British volunteers played a surprisingly influential role in the conduct of war operations, in politics, gender and social equality, in cultural life both in Britain and Spain and even in relation to emancipation movements in Latin America. Some became prisoners of war while a few served with guerrilla forces. Many of the works published about the Peninsular War in the last two decades have adopted an Anglocentric narrative, writing the Spanish forces out of victories, or have tended to present the war, not as much won by the allies, but lost by the French. This book takes a radically different approach by drawing on previously untapped archival sources to argue that victory was the outcome of a truly transnational effort."--Publisher's website.

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This is the first book-length examination of the involvement of British volunteers in the Spanish forces during the Napoleonic Wars.

McMillan Palgrave

This book unveils the role of a hitherto unrecognized group of men who, long before the International Brigades made its name in the Spanish Civil War, also found reasons to fight under the Spanish flag. Their enemy was not fascism, but what could be at times an equally overbearing ideology: Napoleon's imperialism.

Although small in number, British volunteers played a surprisingly influential role in the conduct of war operations, in politics, gender and social equality, in cultural life both in Britain and Spain and even in relation to emancipation movements in Latin America. Some became prisoners of war while a few served with guerrilla forces.

Many of the works published about the Peninsular War in the last two decades have adopted an Anglocentric narrative, writing the Spanish forces out of victories, or have tended to present the war, not as much won by the allies, but lost by the French. This book takes a radically different approach by drawing on previously untapped archival sources to argue that victory was the outcome of a truly transnational effort.


This is the first book-length examination of the involvement of British volunteers in the Spanish forces during the Napoleonic Wars. >



Book News
Rogers (modern history, U. of Oxford) investigates the presence of British volunteers embedded directly within the Spanish forces fighting against the French under Napoleon during the 1808-14 invasion of the Iberian Peninsula. Though Napoleon's nationalism was in no way a forerunner of Franco's imperialism, she says, the British volunteers in the International Brigades of the 1930s were drawing on traditions established more than a century earlier. She covers the world of the future volunteers; why volunteer with the Spanish forces; ground for action an ideology of single-mindedness; interpreters and disseminators of culture; accidental agents of social change; half-Spanish, half-English, and wholly patriot; and the aftermath. Bloomsbury Academic is an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury, Ă2013
ISBN: 9781441103741
1441103740
9781441135650
1441135650
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 338 pages)

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