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Napoleon’s Conquest of Europe: The War of the Third Coalition

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Schneid, Napoleon's Conquest of Europe

In this book from Praeger Publishers, Frederick C. Schneid examines the War of the Third Coalition and its background of Napoleon’s diplomacy and alliance building.

It serves as an important addition to scholarship in Napoleonic Studies, as well as the larger fields of military and diplomatic history.

Napoleon’s Conquest of Europe is a volume in Praeger’s Studies in Military History and International Affairs Series (Jeremy Black, series editor).  Our copy is signed by the author on the half-title page.  

The book has been well received:

“Schneid increases his stature among the rising generation of U.S. historians of the Napoleonic Wars with this comprehensively researched and economically presented analysis of the War of the Third Coalition. Demonstrating command of a broad spectrum of sources, he smoothly integrates policy formation, diplomatic interaction, and military operations in a work meriting recognition as a standard introduction to the war that made Napoleon master of Europe.”   Dennis Showalter, Colorado College.

“An excellent synthesis, and unusual in that it deals in great detail with the factors leading to the formation of the Third Coalition against France (1803-1805) and the ensuing war. In some cases Schneid traces the diplomatic, economic, political, cultural and personal reasons leading to conflict back into the seventeenth century. The battles are crisply and accurately recounted – especially Austerliz – giving special attention to Napoleon’s enemies, which is lacking in most military histories.”   Owen Connelly, University of South Carolina.
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About the author: Frederick C. Schneid is a Professor of History at High Point University in North Carolina.  He has spent a career investigating the leadership and actions of Napoleon Bonaparte both on and off the battlefield.

Mind Traveling with Italian Post Cards

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

We plan to offer our growing inventory of vintage and antique postcards from Italy, the United States, and other places here in our bookstore website, as we can add them.
Our post card inventory includes many Italian postcards (cartoline italiane) as well as scenes from the United States and other countries. Postcard of the gorgeous Italian resort coast

For Italian postcards, we especially like the period from about 1900 to the 1960s.

Historically, it was a very dynamic period. Parts of northern Italy changed hands from Austria to Italy during World War I, and this is reflected in the postcards from the period 1900-1920. In 1922, Mussolini rose to power, place names in postcard photographs changed (there are Piazze B. Mussolini, for example, in the 1920s and 1930s that are renamed after WWII), and even cancellation marks changed (the year 1925, for example, was noted as the year 25 III, the third year of the Mussolini era).

Our favorite Italian postcards are the real photograph cards (vera fotografia), which are incredibly sharp in their detail.

Here are two examples.

Above is a color-tinted real photograph postcard by Ediz. Griffini Maria, a scene of Laigueglia on the Italian Riviera. Below is a postcard (cartolina) from another of our favorite studios, Foto Ghedina (Cortina, Italy).

As we are able to do so, we will add our postcards to our Cat’s Cradle Books website for your shopping convenience.