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    General Slade
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    I came across this lecture by Dominic Lieven when I was looking for something to have on in the background while I was painting.  Professor Lieven wrote Russia Against Napoleon: The Battle for Europe, 1807 to 1814, which is one of my favourite books on the Napoleonic Wars.  He manages to be informed, entertaining and even-handed (which is a rare thing in itself among Napoleonic scholars).

    There are two versions of what is essentially the same lecture but I enjoyed listening to both because he doesn’t stick strictly to a script and takes questions at the end of each, which takes him off into some interesting digressions.

    Anyway, I thought I would post the links for anyone who is looking for something to listen to while they are painting cross belts and shako plates.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_Pdkv16BFo

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzElqomAATI&t=3878s

    #84682
    Steve Johnson
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    Thanks for the links. I’ve just had a quick listen and was immediately captivated by the lecture. I’ll listen properly later when I have some time.

    #84988
    General Slade
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    I also found this lecture by Donald Stoker, author of The Grand Design: Strategy and the U.S. Civil War: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MeAfq6XKAs

    I thought this was very thought-provoking and he comes to some interesting conclusions (McClellan wasn’t that bad; Vicksburg wasn’t that important).  Well worth a listen and it certainly made me want to get hold of his book.

    #85030
    OB
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    I have a big cross belt painting day tomorrow and now I have something to listen to as well.  Thank you.

    OB
    http://withob.blogspot.co.uk/

    #85372
    vtsaogames
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    While working on a 4X6 mat for Castiglione 1796, listened to the first lecture. Marvelous stuff, especially his take on geo-strategy. Thanks for posting, will be coming back here for the other lectures.

     

    Further, listened to Dr. Stoker’s lecture about ACW grand strategy and policy, quite interesting. He’s not as polished a speaker as Lieven.

     

    I differ with him on two issues. While Little Mac was certainly better as general-in-chief than Halleck, I can’t imagine him letting someone else run the Army of the Potomac while he sat in D.C. Add in how incredibly insubordinate he was. Lincoln would put up with considerable rudeness and insult in the pursuit of results, but when McClellan deigned to make policy he dug his own grave. But yes, Halleck was a bust as field commander and as general-in-chief. Also, who would have led the Army of the Potomac? Franklin? Sumner? It took until Meade before they found someone who would not be bamboozled by Lee, and Grant before they found someone who would keep Lee’s feet to the fire.

     

    And Vicksburg: while I don’t think the loss of Vicksburg was in itself the death knell of the Confederacy, it allowed the produce of the Old Northwest to flow down the river and be exported from the Union-held port of New Orleans, taking a lot of the economic pressure off an important Union region and tamping down the impact of copperhead sentiment, which was strong enough there.

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