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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.

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.