Great New Non-Fiction Reads for May: New Releases about the Georgian Age

Cocktails with Jane Austen or discovering all about Wellington’s Headquarter in Spain? May leaves you breathless with a huge number of news releases about the Georgian Age.

There is a strong focus on Jane Austen this month, and a variety of different topics, so check out my list of new books:

  • A Political Biography of Maria Edgeworth (Eighteenth-Century Political Biographies) by Susan Manly
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency in London During the Industrial Revolution (Routledge Library Editions: The Industrial Revolution) by Ian P. H. Duffy
  • Becoming Centaur: Eighteenth-Century Masculinity and English Horsemanship by Monica Mattfeld
  • Betwixt and Between: The Biographies of Mary Wollstonecraft by Brenda Ayres
  • Capture the Castle (British Artists and the castle from Turner to Le Brun) by Sam Smiles and Tim Craven
  • Cocktails with Jane: Cocktails of a Different Persuasion Served with a Splash of Jane Austen by Alison Maloney
  • Contagionism Catches On: Medical Ideology in Britain, 1730-1800 by Margaret DeLacy
  • Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe by Peter Hjorn Kerber
  • Facing the Text: Extra-Illustration, Print Culture and Society in Britain 1769-1840 by Lucy Peltz
  • Jane Austen at Home: A Biography by Lucy Worsley
  • Jane Austen: The Banker’s Sister by E. J. Clery
  • Jane Austen’s Tips for Success by Colleen Sattler
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau and British Romanticism: Gender and Selfhood, Politics and Nation by Russell Goulbourne and David Higgins
  • John Keats: Reimagining History by William A. Ulmer
  • Making Magnificence: Architects, Stuccatori, and the Eighteenth-Century Interior by Christine Casey
  • Multilingual Subjects: On Standard English, Its Speakers, and Others in the Long Eighteenth Century by Daniel DeWispelare
  • Music and Society in Cork, 1700-1900 by Susan O Regan
  • Pliable Pupils and Sufficient Self-directors: Narratives of Female Education by Five British Women Writers,1778-1814 by Barnita Bagchi
  • Plotting Power (Strategy in the 18th century) by Jeremy M. Black
  • Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth by Holger Hoock
  • The Aesthetics of Democracy: Eighteenth-Century Literature and Political Economy by Craig Carson
  • Theatre and Governance in Britain, 1500–1900: Democracy, Disorder and the State by Tony Fisher
  • The Battle of Plassey 1757: The Victory That Won an Empire by Stuart Reid
  • The Business of Satirical Prints in Late-Georgian England (Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media) by James Baker
  • The Fall of the Maratha Empire 1796-1818: Volume I by Sailendra Nath Sen
  • The Genius of Jane Austen by Paula Byrne
  • The History of Missed Opportunities: British Romanticism and the Emergence of the Everyday by William H. Galperin
  • The Jane Austen Treasury: Her Life, Her Times, Her Novels by Janet Todd
  • The Penguin History of Britain: A Wealth of Nations?, Britain 1707-1815: Volume 7 (Allen Lane History) by Linda Colley
  • The Social History of English Seamen, 1650-1815 by Cheryl A. Fury
  • War, Public Opinion and Policy in Britain, France and the Netherlands, 1785-1815 (War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850) by Graeme Callister
  • Wellington’s Brigade Commanders: Peninsula and Waterloo by Robert Burnham and Ron McGuigan
  • Wellington’s Headquarters: The Command and Administration of the British Army During the Peninsular War by S. G. P. Ward

Click here for a list of new-releases about the Georgian Age from May 2016 to May 2017.

My choice for May

Wellington’s Headquarters: The Command and Administration of the British Army During the Peninsular War by S. G. P. Ward

How to manage an army in a foreign country? I find this questionb absolutely intriguing. Wellington’s Headquarters is a reprint (it was first published in 1957), but a payable version is more than welcome. The book describes the complicated tangle of departments that administered the army. Mr. Ward then examines how Wellington adapted the existing system in order to turn it into an efficient instrument in the war against Napoleon, despite clashes of responsibility and personality that frustrated him and impaired the army’s performance. We also learn more about the relationships of the staff officers, the supply and maintenance of the army in the Peninsula, the gathering and interpretation of intelligence, the organization of the army on the march and the sometimes tense relations between Wellington and his subordinates.

S. G.P. Ward is a military historian who served in the British army during the Second World War. His work includes Wellington, Faithful: the story of the Durham Light Infantry, and many articles in the Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research.


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