Schneid author of the excellent soldiers of napoleons kingdom of italy westview 1995 presents a brief overview of the campaigns in italy between 1805 and 1815 this volume unlike schneids previous book is military history in the sense of focusing solely on campaigns and battles. The kingdom of italy was born on march 17 1805 when the italian republic whose president was napoleon bonaparte became the kingdom of italy with the same man now styled napoleon i as king of italy and the 24 year old eugne de beauharnais his viceroy. The french revolutionary and napoleonic wars raged in italy for 23 years in that time no fewer than eight campaigns involving hundred of thousands of troops were mounted in the italian peninsula as france and austria struggled over this secondary but still vitally important theater of war. Napoleons italian campaigns of the 1790s are familiar to readers interested in revolutionary and napoleonic warfare the reason for this is obvious in italy napoleon defeated austria the republics most dangerous enemy in the 1790s he established french hegemony in the italian peninsula put
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