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Napoleon's Cursed War: Popular Resistance in the Spanish Peninsular War, 1808-1814 Hardcover – March 17, 2008
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“Napoleon’s Cursed War marks a fundamental milestone in the war’s historiography, both past and future. It is a superb complement to Fraser’s classic Blood of Spain, of ‘history from below.’”—Ricardo Garcia Carcel, ABC
“Fraser has breathed life into a historic era... The real protagonist of his work is the people and their tragedy.”—Luis Ribot, El Mundo
“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.”—Andreu Mayayo, El Periodico de Catalunya
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Praise for Blood of Spain:
"Mr Fraser is an excellent traditional historian ... not so much concerned with the grandees and memoir writers on either side as with 'ordinary people,' whose voices in history are usually silent." -Raymond Carr, New York Review of Books
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The (Spanish) myths and euphoric visions of the war give way (in this book) to an infinitely more complex reality which only the historian's patient assembly of witnesses' evidence can provide. Ronald Fraser's tenacity and acumen reconstruct a world which other specialists have barely glimpsed, concentrating instead exclusively on the statements of the great and rejecting the real experiences of Spaniards beset by the miseries of the war. In short, this is an excellent book with which to begin the new academic historiographical year. --Professor Carlos Martínez Shaw, El País [Babelia], 21/10/06
For the first time Ronald Fraser describes for us the ordinary people of 1808, to whom we (Spanish historians) have so often referred, and whose moods and emotions we now experience directly... These are the protagonists of this book: the people who suffered the war's hardships and who, whether they won it or lost, were considered mere cannon fodder. The work marks a fundamental milestone in the conflict's historiography.Read more ›
"It was that unhappy war in Spain that ruined me. The results have irrevocably proved that I was in the wrong. [...] The unfortunate war in Spain proved a real wound,--the first cause of the misfortune of France. If I could have foreseen that that affair would cause me so much vexation and chagrin, I would never have engaged in it. [...] Had I known at the first that the transaction would have given me so much trouble, I never would have engaged in it."
Napoleon was mortified by this episode. He was convinced that Spain was solely responsible for France's defeat.
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This is a very detailed and most revealing analysis of the brutal conflict that paved
the way for Napoleon's eventual downfall. Read more
Ronald Fraser's account of Napoleon's six year war against Spain and the resistance of the Spanish people is a path breaking history, a joy to read, and should be snapped up by... Read morePublished on July 26, 2008 by D. Weber