Napoleon's Commentaries on the Wars of Julius Caesar

A New English Translation

R A Maguire

 
Date Published :
April 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
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English
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ISBN : 9781526716279
Pages : 144
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Overview
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While in exile on St Helena, Napoleon dictated a commentary on the wars of Julius Caesar, later published in 1836. In each chapter he summarized the events of one campaign, then added comments from the standpoint of his own military knowledge. Over the nearly two millennia between Caesar and Napoleon some aspects of warfare had changed, notably the introduction of firearms. But much remained the same: the rate of movement of armies (at the foot pace of horse or man); human muscle power as the main source of energy for construction work; some military techniques, notably bridge construction; as well as the actual territory fought over by Caesar and later by Napoleon. Napoleon’s commentary thus provides a fascinating and highly authoritative insight into Caesar’s wars, as well as providing a window into Napoleon’s own thinking and attitudes. Napoleon in places detects mistakes on the part of Caesar and his enemies, and says what they should have done differently. Remarkably, this is thought to be the first full English translation of Napoleon's work.

Napoleon Bonaparte was born to an obscure Corsican family but rose through the ranks of the French army to become Emperor of France, conqueror of most of Europe and acknowledged military genius. He wrote this book while in exile on St Helena.The translator. RA Maguire, is a former civil engineer with a long-standing interest in military and ancient history.

About The Author
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Napoleon Bonaparte was born to an obscure Corsican family but rose through the ranks of the French army to become Emperor of France, conqueror of most of Europe and acknowledged military genius. He wrote this book while in exile on Elba.The translator, Robin Alington Maguire is a retired civil engineer with a lifelong passion for military, and particularly ancient, history. He has lectured on both Caesar and Napoleon. He served 18 years in the Territorial Army and now lives in Tasmania, Australia.

REVIEWS
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“Napoleon's comments on the wars of Caesar are well worth the price of admission. The tidbits that are thrown in from his own time are just amazing… This book was last published fully in 1836. It is high time it has seen the light of day.”

- A Wargamers Needful Things

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