Victoria's Wars by Saul David

Victoria's Wars

In Victoria's Wars: The Rise of Empire Saul David explores the early part of Queen Victoria's reign,when the British Empire was well on the way to becoming the greatest empire the world had ever seen.This is the story of how it happened and the people who made it happen. In a fast-moving narrative ranging from London to the harsh terrain of India, Russia and the Far East, Saul David shows how Britain ruthlessly exploited her position as the world...

Details Victoria's Wars

TitleVictoria's Wars
Release DateJan 4th, 2006
PublisherNot Avail
GenreHistory, Military, Military History, War, Nonfiction, Military Fiction, European Literature, British Literature, Literature, 19th Century, European History, Cultural, Africa, India

Reviews Victoria's Wars

  • Imran Said
    'Victoria's Empire: Rise of Empire' deals with the wars of Empire fought by Great Britain from the accession of Queen Victoria on 20th of June 1837, to the death of her consort Prince Albert on December 14th, 1861. In the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, Britain was left ascendant as the sole superpower on the world stage. Her navy sailed unchallenged throughout the world's oceans, while her army, despite remaining somewhat outdated and backward...
  • Benjamin
    Very readable telling of several wars of the British Empire in the first decades of Victoria's reign. The narrative often gets excessively bogged down in tactical details about specific engagements and jumps haphazardly between strategic decisions and tactical minutiae. As I was familiar with many of the conflicts covered from previous (and more in depth) books, I think this one is best seen as a broad introduction to the topic. All in all, I can...
  • russell barnes
    Who needs Flashman when you can have the historial truth behind George MacDonald Fraser's Flashman novels? Well, obviously me but the thing is David Saul gives amusing historial facts behind Flashman's swaggering derring do!
  • SoyBoi
    It's about military campaigns of the early Victorian period (1837-1860ish) which include Afghanistan, the Opium wars, the conquest of Sindh and Punjab (the Sikh Wars), the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny. These parts were a good mixture of the stories of individiuals with not too much focus on tactical movements/"this regiment moved over there" which can be very dull. It also goes into detail about the local politics behind the wars.The main pr...
  • Pauline Chamberlain
    A good non fiction book about all the wars and battles endured by the soldiers of Victorias reign
  • Jukka Särkijärvi
    There is a school of thought that says only historians are qualified to review history books. I can certainly see where they're coming from, since honestly, though I think the writing is good and the treatment is interesting, I don't feel like I can judge whether David's depiction of the events is utter bull or not. Fortunately, I can say that the book came recommended to me by a friend who did his Master's thesis in history, and I figure he woul...
  • Roderick Gladwish Gladwish
    As a fan of the Flashman novels - as is Mr David - I've been fascinated by Britain's colonial wars. This book gives the facts behind the fiction, whether from Flashman or 'popular history'. Full of detail, I found it a little dry. It is the tiny details, I thought made the book. Surprises, there were a few. Top three:That the British democratic system didn't always lead to a two party system - during the Victorian era sometimes there were five or...
  • Chris
    A very interesting book about the various wars fought all over the globe by the formidable armed forces of the British Empire under the rule of Queen VictoriaThe book covers several wars including the Indian Mutiny, Opium Wars, the (first) Afgan war, the war against the Sikhs etc but also has some very interesting facts about the life of Queen Victoria herself, her views and stances of the wars of her people and, of course, the life and death of ...
  • Tim
    A good description of the wars of the first half of Victoria's reign, as much describing the evolution of the British army from a bunch of bungling toffs into something vaguely professional as the evolution of British imperial policy. Sadly it ends with Albert's death and doesn't explore the Victorian expansion into Africa and the conversion of a commercial hotch-potch into an ideological and propaganda concept.Overall I enjoyed the book, Saul Da...
  • Anthony Nelson
    An excellent series of battle narratives framed around the life of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Only a 3 star because it doesn't add an enormous amount beyond the obvious, but if you only want to read one book about these conflicts (first brit afghan war, sepoy mutiny, punjab, 1st burma war, opium war) this book is excellent, but there are better books available about each individual conflict. What this book does do is offer some information...
  • John Gordon
    A readable look at the wars of Victorian Britain from the 1830's to 1860's. Tied in with the Queens' perspective we look at the political factors along with the campaigns and battles. This narrative is interspersed with interesting anecdotes from civilians, soldiers and officers who were there. This is a book for a military history buff, and a delight to read.
  • Lauren Albert
    This book should have been titled "Victorian Wars" because there wasn't much of Victoria in either the wars or the book. David visits her periodically at the beginning and ending of chapters but otherwise her role is negligible. Most of the book is about strategy, tactics and battles. Really only for military history buffs.
  • Reverenddave
    Having read more substantial works on most of the wars in question, this book felt like an incredibly quick read. Saul David does a very good job in succinctly recapping the wars and connecting them through the development of the titular monarch. A solid introduction to the topic.
  • Matthew
    I was hoping for more discussion on the politics of the day. Rather it was a blow by blow account of the major battles in the big significant wars that were fought during the first half of Queen Victoria's rule. I was disappointed.
  • Johan
    brilliantly written, entertaining to read, what more can one ask of a work of history?