Napoleonic Warfare
The Operational Art of the Great Campaigns
by John T. Kuehn
May 2015, 249pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3307-6
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The 200th anniversary of Waterloo will take place in 2015.

This carefully researched book provides an operational level analysis of European warfare from 1792 to 1815 that includes the tactics, operations, and strategy of major conflicts of the time.

2015 marks the 200th anniversary of the famous Waterloo campaign, sparking a renewed interest in Napoleon’s prowess as a military leader and acumen as a strategist. This in-depth analysis scrutinizes the complex campaigns and strategies of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, looking at how military genius—referred to in the book as “operational art”—shaded the panorama of 18th-century warfare.

Drawing upon familiar battles as well as lesser-known campaigns, this sweeping reference uses 20th-century military theory to explain 19th-century events. Author John T. Kuehn discusses joint warfare and strategy found in the military movements of Marshal Suvorov in Italy and Switzerland in 1799; the early and later campaigns of Napoleon and Nelson; and the Duke of Wellington’s campaigns in Spain, Portugal, and Belgium. The work also includes an entire chapter on theory and history of operational art spanning a variety of perspectives—from theorist Carl von Clausewitz to American air force pilot John Boyd. This book is a must-have for any military history collection.


  • Integrates topics as diverse as naval warfare, maneuver warfare, compound warfare, and counterinsurgency
  • Covers major campaigns during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars that reflect elements of operational art
  • Includes short biographies of key figures that help add depth to readers' understanding of the players behind the battles
  • Provides a chronology of major campaigns of the Napoleonic Wars
  • Uses modern models to examine campaigns of the period
John T. Kuehn, PhD, is General William Stofft Professor of military history at the United States Army Command and General Staff College. Formerly, Kuehn served in the United States Navy as a naval aviator, retiring with the rank of commander. His published works include Praeger's A Military History of Japan: From the Age of the Samurai to the 21st Century; Agents of Innovation: The General Board and the Design of the Fleet that Defeated the Japanese Navy; and Eyewitness Pacific Theater: Firsthand Accounts of the War in the Pacific from Pearl Harbor to the Atomic Bombs. He was recently awarded a Moncado Prize from the Society for Military History. Kuehn received his doctorate in history from Kansas State University.


"[This book] provides a new line of analysis of the campaigns that is valuable for modern scholars."—The Journal of Military History, April 12, 2018
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