Wellington: Waterloo and the Fortunes of Peace 1814–1852

Author: Rory Muir

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300214049

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 728

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The preeminent Wellington biographer presents a fascinating reassessment of the Duke’s most famous victory and his political career after Waterloo. The Duke of Wellington’s momentous victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo was the culminating point of a brilliant military career. Yet Wellington’s achievements were far from over. He commanded the allied army of occupation in France to the end of 1818, returned home to a seat in Lord Liverpool’s cabinet, and became prime minister in 1828. He later served as a senior minister in Robert Peel’s government and remained Commander-in-Chief of the Army for a decade until his death in 1852. In this richly detailed work, the second and concluding volume of Rory Muir’s definitive biography, the author offers a substantial reassessment of Wellington’s significance as a politician and a nuanced view of the private man behind the legendary hero. Muir presents new insights into Wellington’s determination to keep peace at home and abroad, achieved by maintaining good relations with the Continental powers, resisting radical agitation, and granting political equality to the Catholics in Ireland. Countering one-dimensional image of Wellington as a national hero, Muir paints a nuanced portrait of a man whose austere public demeanor belied his entertaining, gossipy, generous, and unpretentious private self.

Betts on Wellington

Author: George M. Betts

Publisher: Victoria University of Wellington


Category: Wellington (N.Z.)

Page: 274

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Author: Norman Gash

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719029745

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 262

View: 2502

The contributors shed fresh light on the life, character and achievements of the man who is arguably the best known figure in British history--the Duke of Wellington. They reflect the new wave of Wellington studies which has resulted from the opening of the massive Wellington archive at Southampton University. Their essays provide a thematic and chronological sequence illustrating the Duke's many-faceted career, from early life to his later years, when he was the most celebrated figure in public life. Distributed by St. Martin's. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.