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Battle of Waterloo : Europe in the Balance (Paperback) (Rupert Matthews)
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The Battle of Waterloo was one of the most dramatic and decisive battles ever fought. It marked the bloody end of the long struggle between the new ideals of the French Revolution and the established orders that had begun in 1793, and ushered in a century of peace in Europe. For such a massively important battle, Waterloo is all too often misunderstood, probably because the combatants have concentrated on the role of their own troops. Going back to the original sources, the author looks at the day of battle as a whole, delving behind the headline events to reveal why the battle unfolded as it did.Gives context to the battle, beginning with Napoleon’s banishment to Elbe and his remarkable return to power. Looks at every aspect of the battle: the movements, the skirmishes between the protagonists; why certain positions were taken; why Napoleon behaved with uncharacteristic lack of subtlety and Wellington was so determined to stand his ground. Includes battle maps and illustrations.