British Soldiers and the Legend of Napoleon

TitleBritish Soldiers and the Legend of Napoleon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsDaly, Gavin
JournalThe Historical Journal
Pagination131 - 153
Date Published2018/03//

Investigating the letters, diaries, and memoirs of British officers and enlisted men from the Napoleonic Wars, this article explores the hitherto neglected subject of British soldiers’ perceptions of Napoleon. At one level, this corresponds with a range of attitudes within Britain, highlighting the important connections between soldiers and domestic culture. Yet these views also reveal what soldiers as a distinct cohort prioritized about Napoleon, and how these perceptions evolved over time. Tracing the evolution of British soldiers’ perceptions of Napoleon from the outbreak of the Peninsular War in 1808 to the mid-nineteenth century reveals a growing admiration of Napoleon. (Cambridge Unversity Press)

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