Dancing into Battle

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

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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 moment was unfolding 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 until 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 balance.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 24mm | 258.55g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 Maps
  • 0753822172
  • 9780753822173
  • 526,614

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"[Foulkes is] a scholarly researcher as well as a witty chronicler." Andrew Roberts, author, "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900"" "A well-researched social portrait . . . entertainingly and gracefully brings to life the Regency upper-class at war." Simon Sebag Montefiore, author, "Young Stalin"" "An elegant and colourful companion to the more traditional perspectives on Waterloo." "BBC History Magazine"" "Foulkes uses colourful accounts that historians have neglected . . . While he never disparages the bravery of armies, Foulkes's presentation of such overlooked material about Waterloo make this a welcome addition to its literature." "Times Literary Supplement"" Foulkes has written a wonderful book. Drawing on a rich stock of memoirs from those who fought and those who partied at Waterloo, he creates a picture that is gaudy, sad, elegant and impeccably English--Mail on Sunday Foulkes is strong on the historical side of events, most interesting is what he observes about the mythologising of the ball as it blended seamlessly into the battle--Sunday Telegraph [An] entertaining chronicle...Foulkes's description of combat is as deliciously British as his vignette of teacakes and cream--Observer A fresh and vivid reconsideration of one of official British history's greatest triumphs--Scotsmanshow more

About Nicholas Foulkes

Formerly Associate Editor of the Evening Standard's ES magazine, Nicholas Foulkes writes regularly for the Financial Times, Country Life and the Mail on Sunday's 'Night and Day'.show more

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