Esdaile, Charles J.


Manchester University Press, Manchester & New York, 1st ed., 1988. Xii + 232 pp., 5 maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. D.j., faded around spine with slight wear to ends ; some creasing to p.173/4 ; a little stain to fore-edge & slight lean to front cover o/w V.G. Signed by the Author, and this copy comes from the Author's Private Library and bears his blind stamp on the title-page reading "Library of Charles Joseph Esdaile" with his initials to the centre ; Tipped-in is a Typed Song, [Y] Viva Espanya, "the winning Spanish entry'[Euro]Vision Song Contest, 1810." Although Spain's courageous resistance never ceased during the Napoleonic era, she was beaten to her knees, reduced to depending upon a foreign army for her liberation. This book explains why this should have been so. It examines the Spanish army's position in society before 1808, the unavailing attempts at military reform by the royal favourite Godoy, the immense problems that dogged the struggle against the French, and the impact of the war upon the army's organisation and political outlook. British historians have usually described the Spanish war effort largely in terms of Wellington's victories. They have therefore placed much emphasis on the activities of the guerrillas. The book suggests that, for all the importance of popular resistance, by sapping Spain's capacity to wage regular warfare it ultimately rendered her incapable of liberating herself. This SCARCE study filled a gap left by British military historians at the time of publication. Tipped-in to this copy is a typed song, [Y] Viva Espanya, "the winning Spanish entry'[Euro]Vision Song Contest, 1810." The pages explains : "Contemporary accounts agree that several attempts were [made] to perform the song as the singers continually ran off to hide in the wings [when]ever the French supporters in the audience jeered too loudly." A rare opportunity to purchase the Author's Own Copy from his Private Library, bearing his blind stamp & Signed.

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