Age of Battles The Quest for Decisive Warfare from Breitenfeld to Waterloo

ISBN-10: 0253217075

ISBN-13: 9780253217073

Edition: 2004

Authors: Russell F. Weigley

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Weigley follows the development of military strategy from the 17th century to the start of the 19th, as commanders strove to find the means of bringing an opponent to battle & inflicting a decisive defeat. Marlborough, Frederick the Great, Gustavus Adolphus & of course Napoleon all feature.
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List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 4/28/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Russell F. Weigley (1930-2004) was Professor of History at Temple University and author of numerous books, including The American Way of War and Eisenhower's Lieutenants: The Campaign of France and Germany, 1944--1945 (both published by IUP). He lived in Philadelphia.

Battles and Decisiveness in War
The Elusiveness of Decision
Further Themes of This Book
An Overview
Note on Dates
The Profession of Officership and the Birth of Modern War
The Return of the Legions: Gustavus Adolphus and Breitenfeld
The Army of Gustavus Adolphus and the Rise of the Military Profession
The Dutch Republic and the Birth of Military Professionalism
The Weapons of Gustavus Adolphus
A Strategy Seeking Battle
The Limits of the New Legions: Lutzen and After
A Strategy of Erosion versus a Strategy of Annihilation
Logistics and Christian Warfare
Maneuver Leads toward Another Battle
On the Indecisiveness of War
Under the Lily Banners: Rocroi
The French Army and the Creation of Modern Artillery
The Beginnings of Modern French Infantry
The Peace of Westphalia
The Army of the Sun King
Louis XIV and European Hegemony
The Administration of the Army under Louis XIV
The Early Wars of Louis XIV
The English Army to 1660
The Beginnings of England's Standing Army, 1660-1688
The War of the League of Augsburg
The Spanish Succession and the Emergence of Marlborough
On Restraining the Violence of War
Marlborough's Battles: Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde, and Malplaquet
Weapons and Tactical Indecision
The Outbreak of the War of the Spanish Succession
English Military Administration
English Intervention in Spain
The Ne Plus Ultra Lines
The French Resurgence and the Peace of Utrecht
On Decisiveness and Professionalism
The Emergence of the Great Powers of Eastern Europe
The Great Northern War
Montecuccoli and the Army of the Habsburgs
Brandenburg-Prussia under the Great Elector
Prussia's Military Tour de Force: The Approach to Great-Power Status
On the Limitations of Early Military Professionalism
The Rise of Naval Power
From Medieval to Early Modern Navies
The Armada and Broadside Gunnery
The Anglo-Dutch Naval Rivalry: The Early Phase
The Tactics of the Line Ahead
The Anglo-Dutch Rivalry: The Middle Phase
The Anglo-Dutch Rivalry: The Final Phase
Colbert and the Rise of the French Navy: The Battle of Beachy Head
The Confirmation of English Naval Ascendancy: The Battle of Barfleur
The Triumph of the Royal Navy
The Eighteenth Century: The Classical Epoch of Modern War
The Battles of Frederick the Great
Frederick the Great and the Shape of Eighteenth-Century Battle
Frederick in Silesia: The Battle of Mollwitz
Hohenfriedberg and the Oblique Order of Battle
Military Preparations and Diplomatic Revolution
Prague and Kolin
Zorndorf and Hochkirch
Kunersdorf, Minden, Torgau
The Miracle of the House of Brandenburg
Armies and Warfare in the Time of Frederick the Great
The French and British Armed Forces from the Rhine to the St. Lawrence
The Royal Navy in the Early Eighteenth Century
The Rising of "the Forty-Five"
The British Soldier from Minden to Quebec
The British Sailor from Minorca to Cartagena
The Battle of Quiberon Bay
Colonial Wars and European Wars
Toward Wars of Nations: The War of American Independence
The Conduct of the War of American Independence
The Capes of the Chesapeake and Yorktown
The Battle of Ushant
D'Estaing and Byron in the West Indies
Rodney in the West Indies: The Dominica Channel and The Saints
The Peace Settlement
Prelude to Revolution
The Military Decline of France
Toward a Renewed French Army: Broglie and Guibert
The Problem of Indecisiveness in Battle: Infantry and Cavalry
The Problem of Indecisiveness in Battle: Artillery
The French Army and the Outbreak of Revolution
Thunderstrokes of Battle: the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars
The French Revolution: Transformation and Continuity in War
Revolution Generates War
Carnot and the Nation in Arms
Hondschoote and Wattignies: The Emergence of Jourdan
The Revolutionary Armies on the Offensive: Tourcoing, Tournai, and Fleurus; Souham, Pichegru, and Jourdan
General Bonaparte on the Horizon
The Campaign of Germany in 1796: Jourdan and Moreau versus the Archduke Charles
Bonaparte in Italy, 1796: The Bridge at Lodi
Bonaparte in Italy, 1796-1797: Arcola and Rivoli
Sea Power and Empire
The Glorious First of June
The Irish Expedition of 1796
Land Power over Sea Power: The Mediterranean, 1796-1797
Cape St. Vincent: Jervis and Nelson
Bonaparte versus Nelson: The Egyptian Expedition and the Battle of the Nile
Mediterranean Anticlimax
Ebb and Flow in the Channel
The Armed Neutrals and the Battle of Copenhagen
The End of France's Egyptian Adventure
Nelson and the Preliminaries to Trafalgar
Barham at the Admiralty: A New Direction for Naval Strategy
Nelson and Command at Sea
Command of the Sea
The Climax of Napoleonic War: To Austerlitz and Jena-Auerstadt
Suvorov in Italy, 1799: The Trebbia and Novi
Suvorov and Massena in Switzerland, 1799
The First Consul's Military Reforms: The Corps System
The Crossing of the Alps and the Battle of Marengo
Moreau at Hohenlinden
The Peace of Amiens
Napoleon on the Eve of His Greatest Campaigns
The Ulm Campaign
The Austerlitz Campaign: Preliminaries
The Austerlitz Campaign: The Great Battle
The Jena-Auerstadt Campaign: Preliminaries
The Jena-Auerstadt Campaign: The Battles
The Gradual Eclipse of the Battle of Annihilation; The Rise of the War of Attrition
The Peace of Tilsit
The Iberian Disease
The Spanish Campaign of Sir John Moore
The Emergence of Wellington
The Military Resurgence of Austria
The Campaign of 1809: Eckmuhl and Ebelsberg
The Campaign of 1809: Aspern-Essling
The Campaign of 1809: Wagram
The Campaign of 1809: Resolution
Campaigns of Exhaustion and Attrition
The Lines of Torres Vedras
The Iberian Campaign of 1811: Attrition, Logistics, and Stalemate
The Invasion of Russia: Preliminaries
The Invasion of Russia: To Borodino
Moscow and the Terrible Retreat
Prussia's Reversal of Alliances and the Sixth Coalition
The Resurgence of Military Professionalism
The Prussian Military Reforms
The Dresden Campaign: A Threat to Berlin
The Dresden Campaign: Dresden, the Katzbach, and Kulm
The Dresden Campaign: Futile Maneuvers and the Battle of Dennewitz
The Downfall of Genius
The Spanish Campaign of 1812: Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Salamanca, Burgos
The Spanish Campaign of 1813: Vitoria
Through the Pyrenees and into France: Sorauren, the Nivelle, Orthes, Bayonne, Toulouse
The Peninsular War: An Assessment
Napoleon's 1814 Campaign of Maneuver: Sparring
Napoleon's 1814 Campaign of Maneuver: Laon, Paris, Fontainebleau
The End of an Age: Waterloo
The Campaign: Preliminaries
The Campaign: Quatre-Bras and Ligny
The Campaign: The Eve of Battle
On the Future of War
The Recalcitrant Indecisiveness of War
Battle and the Profession of Officership
Officer Professionalism and the Violence of War
Bibliographical Notes
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