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Muir, Rory 1962-

Works: 12 works in 55 publications in 2 languages and 3,108 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history  Biography  Records and correspondence  Personal narratives‡vBritish 
Roles: Author
Classifications: DC232, 940.27
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Most widely held works by Rory Muir
Britain and the defeat of Napoleon, 1807-1815 by Rory Muir( )
9 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 1,543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This account of the final years of Britain's long war against Revolutionary and Napoleonic France places the conflict in a new - and wholly modern - perspective. Rory Muir looks beyond the purely military aspects of the struggle to show how the entire British nation played a part in the victory. His book provides a total assessment of how politicians, the press, the crown, civilians, soldiers and commanders together defeated France. Beginning in 1807 when all of continental Europe was under Napoleon's control, the author traces the course of the war throughout the Spanish uprising of 1808, the campaigns of the Duke of Wellington and Sir John Moore in Portugal and Spain, and the crossing of the Pyrenees by the British army, to the invasion of southern France and the defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. Muir sets Britain's military operations on the Iberian Peninsula within the context of the wider European conflict, and examines how diplomatic, financial, military and political considerations combined to shape policies and priorities. Just as political factors influenced strategic military decisions, Muir contends, fluctuations of the war affected British political decisions. The book is based on a comprehensive investigation of primary and secondary sources, and on a thorough examination of the vast archives left by the Duke of Wellington. Muir offers vivid new insights into the personalities of Canning, Castlereagh, Perceval, Lord Wellesley, Wellington and the Prince Regent, along with fresh information on the financial background of Britain's campaigns. This vigorous narrative account will appeal to general readers and military enthusiasts, as well as to students of early nineteenth-century British politics and military history
Tactics and the experience of battle in the age of Napoleon by Rory Muir( Book )
12 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Muir studies memoirs, diaries, and letters of the time to produce a work that deals with military history, European history, and the psychology of combat
Salamanca 1812 by Rory Muir( Book )
12 editions published between 2001 and 2007 in Spanish and English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In separate commentary sections he evaluates the sources and indicates the inevitable contradictions and gaps in evidence that have emerged during his research. Complete with maps, battleground plans, line drawings and photographs, this compelling book provides acute analysis of a single day in Salamanca that changed European history."--Jacket
Wellington by Rory Muir( Book )
7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Duke of Wellington was not just Britainʹs greatest soldier, although his seismic struggles as leader of the Allied forces against Napoleon in the Peninsular War deservedly became the stuff of British national legend. Wellington was much more: a man of vision beyond purely military matters, a politically astute thinker, and a canny diplomat as well as lover, husband, and friend. Rory Muirʹs masterful new biography, the first of a two-volume set, is the fruit of a lifetimeʹs research and discovery into Wellington and his times. The author brings Wellington into much sharper focus than ever before, addressing his masterstrokes and mistakes in equal measure. Muir looks at all aspects of Wellingtonʹs career, from his unpromising youth through his remarkable successes in India and his role as junior minister in charge of Ireland, to his controversial military campaigns. With dramatic descriptions of major battles and how they might have turned out differently, the author underscores the magnitude of Wellingtonʹs achievements. The biography is the first to address the major significance of Wellingtonʹs political connections and shrewdness, and to set his career within the wider history of British politics and the war against Napoleon. The volume also revises Wellingtonʹs reputation for being cold and aloof, showing instead a man of far more complex and interesting character. -- Publisher description
Wellington by Rory Muir( Book )
5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Duke of Wellington was Britain's greatest soldier, whose victories turned the tide of Napoleon's conquests and played a crucial role in his downfall. Wellington went on to be a major figure in British politics, twice serving as Prime Minister. Often the centre of controversy, he was at times feted and celebrated as a national hero, at others reviled in the press and abused in the streets. He was a far more complicated man than the paragon of virtue celebrated by Victorian biographers. Rory Muir's masterly new biography, the first of a two volume set, is the result of thirty years research into the Duke of Wellington and his times. The author brings Wellington into much sharper focus than ever before, critically examining every aspect of his life from his unhappy childhood, his baptism into British and Irish politics and his remarkable successes in India, to the setbacks and triumphs of the Peninsular War. This is the first biography to address the significance of Wellington's political connections and the way they both helped and hindered his campaigns
Inside Wellington's Peninsular Army 1808-1814 by Rory Muir( Book )
3 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
At Wellington's right hand : the letters of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Alexander Gordon, 1808-1815 by Alexander Gordon( Book )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Wellington ( Book )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The British government and the Peninsula War, 1808 to June 1811 by Rory Muir( Book )
1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Wellington. Vol. 2 : Waterloo and the Fortunes of Peace 1814--1852 by Rory Muir( Book )
1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Wellington's momentous victory over Napoleon 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 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 legend of the selfless 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 and resisting radical agitation while granting political equality to the Catholics in Ireland rather than risk civil war.0And countering one-dimensional pictures of Wellington as a national hero, Muir paints a portrait of a well-rounded man whose austere demeanor on the public stage belied his entertaining, gossipy, generous, and unpretentious private self
The real nature of combat in the Napoleonic period by Rory Muir( Book )
1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Wellington Vol. 1 : the Path to Victory 1769-1814 by Rory Muir( Book )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
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Alternative Names
Muir, Roderick J. B.
Muir, Roderick J. B. (Roderick James Blake)
Muir, Roderick James Blake
English (49)
Spanish (6)