Who Owned Waterloo? Battle, Memory, and Myth in British History, 1815-1852

Luke Reynolds, Author

Oxford University Press, 2022


This book represents the first complete history of the cultural afterlife of the Battle of Waterloo in British history. It:

  • Uses Waterloo to provide a picture of British popular culture and the shaping of British national identity in the first half of the nineteenth century.
  • Examines civil-military relations in this period, especially in reference to patronage and the arbitration of authenticity.
  • Provides a balanced view of nineteenth century British popular politics.
  • Winner of the Society for Military History 2023 Distinguished Book Award, First Book Category.

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