The Offer for Edition of the Book "Military Campaigns of Napoleon's I Marshals"



Dear Publishers!

Let us propose for publishing the military historical monograph «Military Campaigns of Napoleon’s Marshals» and we are looking for interested publishers.

         This monograph describes individual military achievements of the brilliant French commanders of early XIX century, their battles and course of life. As against the extensive literature, already published on this theme, the basic emphasis is made on detailed critical analysis of all (with no exception!) battles that have been carried out by the marshals, beginning from their conscription on military service until death or honourable resignation. The worth of this book, by the Author’s opinion, is in integrated approach to analysis of the Napoleon’s marshals phenomenon, based on the biographies of all 26 commanders, but not only 3-4 of most famous military leaders, as it was done many times before.
         The basic difference of this book from any other extensive literature on Napoleon’s marshals, which has been already published, is as follows:

         1. The total volume of the monograph exceeds 700 pages. If to unite the description of all the battles and life courses of all the 26 commanders in the framework of single book (with total volume not exceeding 200-300 pages), the book would inevitably be degraded down to the level of fiction books. There will be simply no place for details and analysis of each phenomenon separately. The Author has specially carried out original survey of the people, which are interested in Napoleonic wars, with the purpose to find out, what they really want to see in the new book about Napoleon’s marshals. The survey has clearly shown that they are especially interested in vivid trivialities: for example, what year the definite marshal received the grade of lieutenant colonel, etc.; it is not enough for the reader to learn, that marshal just battled at Ąusterlitz. The reader wants to know, what troops there have been under his command, and they want to make conclusion about the definite marshal’s contribution to the victory themselves; they want to know why Napoleon didn’t give marshal’s batons to some marshal at the moment of declaration of the Empire or, otherwise, why some marshal’s career has been ascending almost vertically. But most important was appearance of the strong tendency: the period of the definite marshal’s career before he has met Napoleon and up to this marshal’s growth was used to be mentioned, basically, in common phrases; almost the same is seen after the end of Bonaparte’s military and political career.

        2. The modern literature on personal characters is presented irregularly and in many respects quite tendentious. Figuratively speaking, there is a class of «known» marshals - for example, Bernadotte, Ney, Lannes, Massena, Ģurat - about whom there was written just a little less, than about Napoleon himself. At the same time there is a category of «unknown» marshals; among them one can name Kellerman, Brune, Lefebvre, Serurier, Perignon, Ģīncey. Naturally, it is much easier to describe these persons and it is much more difficult to describe less known marshals; on the other hand, the information value of researches on the second category of marshals is much higher. The Author was trying his best to show mostly the military side of their biographies and to give complex estimations of their commanding talents.

        3. The book has rich statistical material. For the first, the Author possess of complete data base on French army of the period 1791-1815, therefore this book contains quarter-bills of the troops that were in submission of definite marshals in different campaigns, beginning from brigade level. At the same time the quarter-bills and the troops battle structure of the opponent countries - Austria, Russia, Great Britain and other countries is presented. Secondly, besides the basic military campaigns the Author paid attention specially and consciously to the less known military campaigns, in particular:
    • War in Vandee in 1793-1804;
    • Campaign in Spain in 1808-1814;
    • Military operation in Tyrol in 1809 (after end of the Austrian campaign);
    • Landing operation on the Capri island in 1808;
    • The characteristics of Napoleon’s ally’s armies – i.e. the armies of Poland, Naples, Wuerttemberg etc.
The Author also tried to pay attention to the facts, which do not concern military actions directly:
    • Description of marshal’s families (wives, children);
    • Small excursions to the history of Dukedoms and Princedoms, that were awarded to marshals;
    • The history of military awards, including the order of Honourable Legion;
    • Political intrigues, on the background of which the military opposition was developing

       5. The book is provided with rich illustrative and cartographical material. In my database there are the portraits of practically all French commanders, beginning from brigade generals up to the marshals. Also the book contains maps of all the main battles. All the maps are made in Photoshop format then pasted to MS WORD text editor, so there are potentialities of modification and scaling (zooming in and out). All the maps of the battles have been prepared by the author himself.

        6. The overwhelming majority of researches on Napoleon’s marshals support the general idea on adherence of all these French commanders to the Napoleon’s strategic and tactical principles. Figuratively speaking, all the researches on operative martial virtue of Napoleonic wars epoch are very «impersonal» and hidden behind a huge “shadow” of the Great Corsican while the marshals are practically invisible. Did they really just honesty embodied into life the ingenious plans of their leader, trying not to implement something new and original? Were their levels of operative skills really identical? The Author of the monograph made an attempt to analyze the marshal’s commanding talents individually regardless to the Napoleon’s person. However, such estimations are quite subjective.

        7. The book is intended first of all to the widest audience, from professional historians engaged in researches of the Napoleonic wars period, to all amateurs, who are interested in military history.

        8. The book is written in professional language of military publicism.

        9. The book is completely translated to the English.

        10. The lay-out of the book’s manuscript (including the text itself, illustrations and maps of the battles) was prepared by the Author in WORD format.

The structure of military-historical monograph
«Military campaigns of Napoleon’s marshals»

Chapter 1 – marshal Jean Baptiste Jules Bernadotte, Prince of Ponte Corvo (1763-1844).
Chapter 2 – marshal Louis Alexander Berthier, Prince of Neuchatel, Prince of Walange, Prince of Wagram (1753 – 1815).
Chapter 3 – marshal Jean Baptiste Bessieres, Duke of Istria (1768-1813).
Chapter 4 – marshal Guillaume-Marie-Anne Brune (1763-1815).
Chapter 5 – marshal Victor Claude Victor-Perrin, Duke of Belluno (1764 – 1841).
Chapter 6 – marshal Laurent Gouvion Saint-Cyr, marquess (1764-1830).
Chapter 7 – ģąšųąė Emmanuel Robert de Grouchy, marquess (1766-1847).
Chapter 8 – marshal Louis Nicolas Davout, Duke of Auerstaedt, Prince of Eckmuhl (1770-1823).
Chapter 9 – marshal Jean Baptiste Jourdan, count (1762-1833).
Chapter 10 – marshal Francois Etienne Christophe Kellermann, Duke de Valmy (1735-1820).
Chapter 11 – marshal Jean Lannes, Duke of Montebello (1769-1809).
Chapter 12 – marshal Francois Joseph Lefebvre, Duke of Danzig (1755-1820).
Chapter 13 – marshal Jacques-Etienne-Joseph-Alexander Macdonald, Duke of Tarente (1765-1840).
Chapter 14 – marshal Auguste Frederic Louis de Viesse Marmont, Duke of Ragusa (1774-1852).
Chapter 15 – marshal Andre Massena, Duke of Rivoli, Prince of Essling (1758-1817).
Chapter 16 – marshal Bon Adrien Jeannot Moncey, Duke of Conegliano (1754-1842).
Chapter 17 – marshal Adolphe Edouard Casimir Joseph Mortier, Duke of Treviso (1768-1835).
Chapter 18 – marshal Joachim Murat, King of Naples (1767-1815).
Chapter 19 – marshal Michel Ney, Duke of Elchingen, Prince of Moskwa (1769-1815).
Chapter 20 – marshal Pierre Francois Charles Augerau, Duke of Castiglione (1757-1816)
Chapter 21 – marshal Dominique-Catherine Perignon, marquis de Grenade (1754-1818).
Chapter 22 – marshal Joseph Antoine Ponyatovsky, prince of Poland (1763-1813).
Chapter 23 – marshal Jean-Mathieu Philiber Serurier (1742-1819).
Chapter 24 – marshal Nicolas Jean de Dieu Soult, Duke af Dalmatia (1769-1851).
Chapter 25 – marshal Louis Gabriel Suchet, Duke of Albufera (1770-1826).
Chapter 26 – marshal Nicolas-Charles Oudinot, Duke of Reggio (1767-1847).

The author will consider with gratitude any serious propositions from Publishing Houses concerning publication of the book "Military campaigns of Napoleon’s marshals".

Sincerely Yours,
Victor Ivanov, the Author

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