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Extended reading

This article lists authoritative texts about the French Revolution, events leading up to Waterloo, and biographies of Wellington and Napoleon.

If you would like to take your interest in this week’s topics further, the books listed below are recommended reading. For some of them, you will probably need access to a good library — but you will be able to find many of the titles commercially online, and second-hand copies are often available at very reasonable prices.

The French Revolution

The armies of Europe and the war against France and Napoleon



The Congress of Vienna

  • Nicholson, H., The Congress of Vienna. A study in allied unity: 1812–1822 (London, 1946 and reprints)

  • Schroeder, P.W., The transformation of European politics 1763–1848 (Oxford, 1994)

  • Vick, B.E., The Congress of Vienna: power and politics after Napoleon (Cambridge, MA: 2014)

The prelude to Waterloo

Wellington’s Dispatches

The three principal editions of Wellington’s papers up to 1818 are:

  • Gurwood, J., ed., The dispatches of Field Marshal the Duke of Wellington, KG, during the various campaigns … from 1799 to 1818 (13 vols., new edition, London, 1837–9)

  • Wellesley, A.R., second Duke of Wellington, Supplementary despatches and memoranda of Field Marshal Arthur Duke of Wellington, KG (15 vols., London, 1858–72)

  • Wellesley, A.R., second Duke of Wellington, Despatches, correspondence and memoranda of Field Marshal Arthur Duke of Wellington … from 1818 to 1832 (8 vols., London, 1867–80)

These editions are freely available on the Internet Archive. There is now an abridged, one volume edition:

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