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Back Issue, Fall 1999 : Number 14

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Napoleon Explores Egypt

Savants and scientists discover the lost world of the pharoahs.
Napoleon has been savaged by his critics for many aspects of the Egyptian campaign of 1798-1799. Yet, even his harshest detractors grudgingly concede that history owes General Bonaparte credit for his rather unprecedented sponsorship of the remarkable project to reclaim the lost history of Egypt, as well as the considerable efforts made to improve the plight of the impoverished Egyptian society. Napoleon's ill-fated expedition may have ended in military defeat, but its contributions to the field of history, and its creation of modern Egyptology, remain transcendent achievements.
By Melanie Sue Byrd

The Battle of Borodino

Revisiting Napoleon's bloodiest day.
It was an epic battle in an age of grand confrontation. The battle of Borodino on 7 September 1812 saw Emperor Napoleon's multi-national Grande Armée set against the Russian Imperial Army under Prince Mikhail Kutuzov. It was the largest single-day battle of the Napoleonic Wars, involving nearly 250,000 soldiers for both sides. When it was over, almost one third of them were casualties. The decisive victory Napoleon hoped for in the 1812 campaign would elude him. The Russians, although badly mauled and forced to retreat, still had the resolve to continue the fight.
By LTC Gilberto Villahermosa and
Matt DeLaMater

Waterloo Controversy

Did the Duke of Wellington intentionally deceive his Prussian allies? An interview with author Peter Hofschröer.
Peter Hofschröer's much acclaimed book 1815 -- The Waterloo Campaign: Wellington, his German Allies and the Battles of Ligny and Quatre Bras, is the first of a new two volume study of the Waterloo campaign from Greenhill Books. It has created a firestorm of controversy by suggesting that the Duke of Wellington deliberately misled his Prussian allies in order to buy time for his army to assemble after Napoleon's opening movements caught him by surprise.
By Dana Lombardy, with commentary by Colonel John Elting and Ed Wimble

From Fighting Nazis to Teaching Napoleonic History

An interview with Dr. Gunther E. Rothenberg
Born in Berlin in 1923, Gunther Rothenberg grew up in an increasingly hostile environment as the Nazis came to power. After emigrating to Palestine he served in the British army during World War II. Rothenberg eventually became a leading professor and expert on Austria before and during the Napoleonic period. Here he candidly surveys his forty-year educational career and combats detractors of the teaching of military history.
By Dr. June K. Burton


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