Architects of Empire: The Duke of Wellington and His Brothers

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2007 - 602 páginas

A soldier and statesman for the ages, the Duke of Wellington is a towering figure in world history. John Severn now offers a fresh look at the man born Arthur Wellesley to show that his career was very much a family affair, a lifelong series of interactions with his brothers and their common Anglo-Irish heritage. The untold story of a great family drama, Architects of Empire paints a new picture of the era through the collective biography of Wellesley and his siblings.

Severn takes readers from the British Raj in India to the battlefields of the Napoleonic Wars to the halls of Parliament as he traces the rise of the five brothers from obscurity to prominence. Severn covers both the imperial Indian period before 1800 and the domestic political period after 1820, describing the wide range of experiences Arthur and his brothers lived through.

Architects of Empire brings together in a single volume a grand story that before now was discernible only through political or military analysis. Weaving the personal history of the brothers into a captivating narrative, it tells of sibling rivalry among men who were by turns generous and supportive, then insensitive and cruel.

Whereas other historians have minimized the importance of family ties, Severn provides an unusually nuanced understanding of the Duke of Wellington. Architects of Empire casts his career in a new light--one that will surprise those who believe they already know the man.

 

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Contenido

The Wellesleys of County Meath
3
Richard Takes Charge
24
The India Adventure Begins
65
Tiger Hunt
92
From Mysore to the Maratha War
119
Henry Steps Forward
138
The Maratha War
160
Entracte I
195
Reversal of Fortunes
328
Waterloo
359
Entracte II
384
Encore for the Wellesleys
404
Irreconcilable Differences
435
View from Across the Aisle
464
The Final Years
502
Notes
541

Toil and Trouble
223
The First Phase
252
The Wellesleys at War
291
Bibliography
577
Index
589
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John Severn is Associate Professor of History and Associate Provost at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

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