Popular Resistance in the Spanish Peninsular War, 1808-1814

587pp MAPS 2008 LIST PRICE: £29.99 H597



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In this definitive account of the Peninsular War, Napoleon’s six-year war against Spain, Fraser examines what led to the emperor's devastating defeat by the popular opposition -- the guerrillas -- and their British and Portuguese allies. As well as relating the histories of the great political and military figures of the war, he brings to life the anonymous masses -- the artisans, peasants and women who fought, suffered and died -- and restores their role in this barbaric war to its rightful place. This vivid, meticulously researched book offers a distinct vision of the Peninsular War: the suffering, discontents and social upheaval that accompanied the fighting.

Like Goya in ‘The Disasters of War’, Fraser has engraved in the written word the spirit and sacrifices of the popular anti-Napoleonic resistance, a precursor of the anti-fascist resistance of the [Spanish] Civil War. EL PERIODICO DE CATALUNYA