Dancing into Battle: A Social History of the Battle of Waterloo Review è 0

Review Dancing into Battle: A Social History of the Battle of Waterloo

Dancing into Battle: A Social History of the Battle of Waterloo Review è 0 ☆ 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 momeNg 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. A highly readable almost gossipy at times narrative social history of the battle of Waterloo A social history to be fair of the upper classes rather than the broader mass of humanity or society as a whole and entirely from the British side I’m going to assume that the history here is robust and he hasn’t sexed it up to make it a entertaining story and just admire the lively and informative tale he’s wound around these few days in a Belgian field It’s a history very much told through the personalities but he provides a nicely detailed background to life at the turn of the 18th century and enough detail about the political and military events to ground the story well The characters and background colour is certainly biased towards the aristocracy but he doesn’t ignore the common man entirely I suppose there is just less of a written record from the enlisted soldier or serving person but I’d love to understand a bit what this period looked like through the eyes of the people carrying the bags around and feeding the horses and pushing the bayonets into the other fellows Probably there’s a dozen books with this kind of focus so given what he set out to do he’s done very well and left me feeling both entertained and informed

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Ntil 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. Although a chronicle of the Battle of Waterloo this is not so much a military text as a social history of a group of Brits who had moved to Brussels after Napoleon's exile on Elba only to find themselves besieged after Napoleon's escape by the resurgent French Army The pivotal event of the book is the Duke of Richmond's famous ball on the night of the 15th June the night when fighting at Charleroi begin and the aristocratic British officers were forced to rush straight into battle many of them still wearing their dancing shoes Not the most complete account of the events of Waterloo but still a very interesting read

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Dancing into Battle A Social History of the Battle of WaterlooThe 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. Brilliant Exactly what I like in a history gossipy fact filled full of first hand testimony and anecdotes It's not often that I say of a history book that I couldn't put it down and I read a LOT of history but I could definitely say it of this book Waterloo from the parks and dance floors of Brussels from the letters home of the men who fought there and their servants and wives and lovers from diaries of avid and slightly creepy spectators and from the memoirs of the many for whom this battle changed their lives forever The fighting is there too but this is not a military history it's very much a social one giving you a real feel for what it was like to be there the news and mis news the buzz the confusion and of course the English stiff upper lip which plays even of a starring role than the epitome of it Wellington I highly highly recommend this book