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EBOOK ¹ A Social History of the Battle of Waterloo ç Nick Foulkes The social backdrop vividly described to one of the greatest battles in European history Waterloo 1815The summer of 1815 saw the final and desperate efforts of European powers to usurp Napoleon's reign over France The pivotal moment was unfoldi I finished reading this book a few hours ago and had been hesitant as to whether to give it 4 or 5 stars I finally settled on 5 stars because of the way Dancing into Battle recaptured the spirit of the times in Europe between Napoleon's abdication in the spring of 1814 and his re emergence on the world stage in Paris in March 1815 following his escape from the island of Elba The book gives the reader a broad access to the widespread exodus of British aristocrats and other people of means to the Continent that took place in the spring of 1814 With the exception of the brief peace of 1802 1803 it had not been possible to travel to Europe for 20 years But now that the Bourbons had been restored to the throne in Paris and a Congress had been convened in Vienna among the allies Britain Austria Russia and Prussia who had defeated Napoleon earlier in the year to redraw the map of Europe and secure what they considered to be a just and lasting peace many among the aristocratic and wealthy classes in Britain were eager to put the hard lean years of war behind them and just LIVE and ENJOY to the full the pleasures of life on the Continent Brussels then a part of the new nation the United Netherlands became one of the most sought after places to live especially for those aristocrats heavily weighed down by debt because it was inexpensive in a rich agricultural area and a city not without charm and its own uniue comforts and delights Many of the British occupation forces were also stationed in and around Brussels With the war behind them many of these soldiers were at a bit of a loss With Napoleon firmly out of the way or so it was believed at the time the monied and high born British expatriate community delighted in making the soldiers feel at home It became the dream of many a young lady of the British aristocracy in Brussels the book is enriched with the personal accounts of many people soldiers and expatriates alike to make the acuaintance of a handsome gallant officer at one of the many balls that became the norm between the summer of 1814 and the eve of the Battle of Waterloo with a view to marriage Such a marriage was considered ideal if the officer already had both wealth and position back in Britain Indeed British officers of the early nineteenth century bore little resemblance to the professional soldiers of today Many were aristocrats who purchased commissions and swapped regiments on a whim; the uestion of regimental loyalty was not yet as highly developed as it would become by the end of the nineteenth century and for many fashion was the motivating factor in selecting one regiment over anotherWhile all this was going on the Duke of Wellington Britain's greatest military hero of the age was in Vienna as part of the Congress there However once Napoleon had escaped from Elba in March 1815 making landfall at Golfe Juan on the French mainland and proceeding north to Paris gathering soldiers from the Bourbon Army to his side the Bourbon King Louis XVIII fled from Paris and the Duke made his way to Brussels to begin the process of reassembling the elements of an allied army both him and von Blücher the Prussian commander to contest and destroy once and for all Napoleon's new army in the making The mere rumour of Bonaparte's presence near the border was enough to terrify the western part of the United Netherlands and disrupt all aspects of life British families scattered to Antwerp Ghent and Ostend whence if they could secure passage on a boat they could escape to England Yet for those who remained in Brussels the balls and horse races continued The Duke was looked upon as the indispensable man who would once again assert the power and authority of Britain in breaking the backbone of the tyrant and usurper Napoleon Bonaparte who commanded fear and respect because of his military genius The book then carries the reader along from March to mid June 1815 when the Battle of Waterloo took place several miles from Brussels For anyone who has read the scene of the Duchess of Richmond's ball on the eve of battle in Thackeray's novel Vanity Fair heshe will delight in this part of the book The book also provides some perspective on how the Battle of Waterloo was regarded and celebrated in Britain in the years immediately following it and on to the late 19th century Simply put I thoroughly enjoyed the journey to which I was treated in Dancing into Battle

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FREE EBOOK Ë EPUB Dancing into Battle ä A Social History of the Battle of Waterloo ↠ NATURALTREATMENT ✓ The social backdrop vividly described to one of the greatest battles in European history Waterloo 1815The summer of 1815 saw the final and desperate ef Ng in an age where war was a social occasion; the military urgency was matched only by the soldiers and their wives' frantic efforts to keep apace of the lavish balls which were being thrown The intention to deny war with frivolity persevered u this is exactly the book you read when you're writing a book about waterloo and dancing

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Dancing into Battle A Social History of the Battle of WaterlooNtil 15 June when the tension broke and troops exchanged dance partners for weapons and prepared for battle Nick Foulkes captures the sense of what it was like to be at the very hub of events when the fate of Europe seemed to hang in the balanc On the eve of the battle of uatre Bras the Duchess of Richmond held a glittering ball at which all the great and good indulged themselves to their own personal excesses before going off to battle the next morning With such possibly stupid sangfroid is English history riven After Ney had failed in his bloody attempt to take the crucial crossroads Napoleon was forced to meet Wellington at Waterloo the close run thing that resulted in Napoleon's ultimate defeat and exile to St Helena where he diedWhat was everybody doing in Brussels at that time? Why was there this huge encampment of British aristocracy on the continent? This is something that has been answered in this excellent book by Nick Foulkes A historian journalist and judge for the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Geneve he has been through the copious letters and diaries that were so prolific at the time getting perspectives that fall outside the standard military records He charts the arrival of the English aristocracy in Brussels the gaiety of their lives the social niceties and nastiness and the changes from the frivolous pursuit of affordable pleasures the exchange rate was very tempting at the timeto the onset of panic and disbelief as young men cantered away anticipating that they would be back in time for the next hand of cards What would happen to them if Wellington lost the battle?Mixed into the rich social upper class mix are some homely records of the Infantry men and their families who viewed things rather differently to the officer class Literally cannon fodder they knew it would their order who bore the brunt of the dyingAfter the battle life was soon restored to normal and by the end of the week the battlefield was already becoming a tourist attraction At that point thousands of wounded soldiers were still lying on the field But order had prevailed and the defeat of Napoleon laid to rest the last great bogeyman of Europe at the timeHis style is precise and humorous with the apposite use of uotations from the resource material All in all this an enjoyable book the first I have read with a broader view than the just the military encounter that topped Wellington's astonishing career as a soldier