New PDF release: 1815 The Waterloo Campaign: Wellington, His German Allies

By Peter Hofschroer

ISBN-10: 1853673048

ISBN-13: 9781853673047

Previously unpublished eyewitness debts and conflict experiences German, British, and Dutch archive fabric released for the 1st time arguable reassessment of the total crusade here's a designated reassessment of the Hundred Days and a strong research of the epic war of words at Waterloo. the 1st of 2 volumes, this research is a completely researched exam of the outlet strikes of the crusade from a brand new viewpoint in line with proof by no means sooner than awarded to an English-speaking viewers. Hofschrer arrives at far-reaching conclusions concerning the arguable idea that the Duke of Wellington deceived his Prussian alliesand all next historians of the crusade. by means of featuring occasions from the viewpoint of the Germans, the writer undermines the normal view of the crusade as one fought out via the French and the British and divulges the an important position of troops from Prussia and the German states.

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Added to which this Christian and patriarchal monarch felt that to fight against his own people was a sin; accordingly everything now depended on extending the hand of reconciliation. General von Prittwitz had scarcely left him when the king sat down at his desk to draft a proclamation 'To my beloved Berliners'. Everything, he wrote, had been a crazy mistake, caused by 'a gang of rabble-rousers, mostly from foreign lands'. The people needed only to leave the barricades and send delegates to the palace 'filled with the true old Berlin spirit, with words such as are due to your King', and he gave his royal word that Berlin would immediately be cleared of troops, and that only the palace and the Zeughaus would retain their military guards for a short while.

Had the royal patents not released so much pressure that a happier sequence of events would have allowed constitutional conditions to be reached along a peaceful road, as in almost all the other German states? Everything hung in the balance on that afternoon of 18 March, and the slightest pressure would decide the direction events would take. It is indeed possible that those two shots provided that pressure. The battle begins Within an instant the scene changed. People were fleeing headlong into the sidestreets; the cry of 'Treachery!

The old agrarian society of Europe was gradually breaking up, since despite rising food production, in many agricultural regions the population was growing faster still. The flow of emigration was partly towards the still unpopulated regions of the world, America, Australia and Canada, and partly towards places already inhabited by many people, namely the towns, which were growing furiously, and where, during the course of the nineteenth century, depths of social, hygienic and moral abuse were plumbed which defied description; Charles Dickens' and Eugene Sue's novels provide only a dim and romanticised notion of the crass and wretched reality.

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