Another worthwhile and thought provoking podcast, well worth to listen.
Ed Coss, Vanya Bellinger, Andrew Bamford and Silvia Gregorio Sainz join me to discuss their contributions to an edited collection called 'The Sword and the Spirit'. Napoleon's narcissism, Popham's pomposity, Clausewitz's reputation, and Wellington's arrogance are all in the spotlight!
Buy the book: https://www.helion.co.uk/military-history-books/the-sword-and-the-spirit-proceedings-of-the-first-war-and-peace-in-the-age-of-napoleon-conference.php
Now why I am not surprised by the contribution of Ed Coss and his conclusions backed up his panel of experts. What is however surprising that those finding, in my view written in LARGE letters on the wall for ages were so successfully suppressed and negated by the Boney fawners and always take lightly by just psycho babble.
Any idea if there will be a kindle edition? In case there isn't - another volume of my books in my library has to be thrown away to make room for another conventional printed book.
As for further research plans, interesting - but too much centered about the Peninsular War again.
What topic I would like to see researched, why was despite massive evidence - such a success of Boney propaganda to victimize historical persons, as like Moreau, Bernadotte, Dupont, Marmont that those persons are still seen by Nabulieone's distorted perspective??
For more on the psychological assessment of Napoleon carried out by Ed Coss and his team, see the latest instalment on the Helion blog: https://helionbooks.wordpress.com/2021/07/02/the-eagle-falters-napoleons-psychological-burdens
There will definitely be an e-book edition in due course, but we are at the very early stages of converting the several thousand titles in the Helion back catalogue to e-book format so it will take some time yet to get to the most recent releases (currently, 6 out of 70 From Reason to Revolution titles have been converted, for example, so you can see it's a long job!)
You really shouldn't hold back, Hans Karl! 🤣
Thank you for your very kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. While I'm not surprised that Ed's conclusions resonated with you, I do hope that others will do Ed the courtesy of reading his work carefully and reflecting upon it. The analysis is careful, and, as is apparent from the outset, was not approached with preconceived assumptions. A deliberate distance was kept between historian and psychologist. It's a truly innovative approach, all done in an environment that was respectful of the ethics of conducting such analysis.
An e-book is possible, but it will depend on demand (and whether the paper volume sells well enough for it to be worth the publisher's while). Fingers crossed. It is quite a slim volume though (178 pages), so it might just be able to squeeze into a tiny gap.
Yes, I hear what you say about focus on the Peninsular War, but if you bring together a number of scholars with expertise in that area, I suppose that is inevitable.
The volume that you propose is an interesting one. In fact its so interesting that I'm adding it to a mental list of possible edited collections that might be done in the future...