Thursday, 18 June 2015

Fortunes of War - How the Napoleonic Wars changed the West Midlands forever

On 18 June 1815 Napoleon was finally defeated at the Battle of Waterloo bringing to an end to the Napoleonic Wars (1803 - 1815) - a global conflict which affected every part of the economic and social history of the West Midlands.

Fortunes were made while others faced ruin; the arms makers prospered and other industries declined; and individuals, such as Birmingham’s Quakers were confronted by great moral dilemmas which split their communities.

In this unique book distinguished authors including Jenny Uglow explore the stories of the region’s people during this time of upheaval..

You will read how distinguished families of gunmakers - many of them Quakers - provided most of the British Army’s Brown Bess muskets and learn about less well known Birmingham sword makers and how men from the region were at the head of the Army and in the infantry squares that fought off Napoleon’s heavy cavalry.

This lavishly illustrated work uncovers secrets about the West Midlands during the Wars. It tells how Napoleon’s estranged brother, Lucien fled from France to the West Midlands with his family and how he lived the life of an English country gentleman. And it reveals that men of the Shropshire Regiment had the dubious pleasure of guarding the former Emperor on the distant island of St Helena.

Marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, Fortunes of War brings new insights into our region at this important point in its history.

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