The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars lasted from 1792 to 1815, and are usually divided into the Revolutionary War of 1792-1802 and the Napoleonic War of 1803-15. The only countries that were continuously at war throughout this period were Britain and France; others varied between being at war with France, neutral, usually whilst recovering from a defeat by France, and allied to France, not always willingly.
In the first half of 1812 most of Europe was in one of the periods of peace, but this would soon change. In April 1812 warfare was taking place only at sea and in Spain and Portugal, where The Peninsular War was being fought. The initial posts linked on this page describe the Peninsular War up to mid-1812. Later ones will appear as close to the 200th anniversaries of the battles and major political events of 1812-15 as my other commitments permit.
This includes only works cited in posts. Any websites used are linked in the relevant post.
Adkin, M., The Waterloo Companion, (London: Aurum, 2001).
Ashby, R., Napoleon against Great Odds: The Emperor and the Defenders of France, 1814, (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2010).
Black, J., The War of 1812 in the Age of Napoleon (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2009).
Bell, D. A., The First Total War: Napoleon’s Europe and the Birth of Modern Warfare, (London: Bloomsbury, 2007).
Chandler, D., The Campaigns of Napoleon (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1966).
Colledge, J. J., Ships of the Royal Navy: The Complete Record of All Fighting Ships of the Royal Navy from the Fifteenth Century to the Present, (London: Greenhill, 1987).
Esdaile, C. J., Napoleon’s Wars: An International History, 1803-1815 (London: Allen Lane, 2007).
________, The Peninsular War: A New History (London: Allen Lane, 2002).
Elting, J. R., Swords around a Throne : Napoleon’s Grande Armée, (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1988).
Fletcher, I., In Hell before Daylight: The Siege and Storming of the Fortress of Badajoz, 16 March to 6 April 1812(Stroud: Spellmount, 2008).
Fletcher, I., Embleton, G. A., Bloody Albuera: The 1811 Campaign in the Peninsula (Marlborough: Crowood, 2000).
Graves, D. E., Where Right and Glory Lead!: The Battle of Lundy’s Lane, 1814. Rev. ed. (Toronto: Robin Brass, 1997).
Haythornthwaite, P. J., The Napoleonic Source Book, (London: Arms & Armour, 1990).
Lambert, A. D., The Challenge: Britain against America in the Naval War of 1812 (London: Faber, 2012).
Leggiere, M. V., Napoleon and Berlin: The Franco-Prussian War in North Germany, 1813, (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2002).
Lieven, D. C. B., Russia against Napoleon: The Battle for Europe, 1807 to 1814, (London: Penguin, 2010).
Mahan, A. T., Sea Power in Its Relations to the War of 1812, 2 vols (London, Samson Low, Marston, 1905).
Matthew, H. C. G. et al, “Oxford Dictionary of National Biography” Oxford University Press <http://www.oxforddnb.com/subscribed>.
Myatt, F., British Sieges of the Peninsular War (Tunbridge Wells: Spellmount, 1987).
Oman, C., Wellington’s Army, 1809-1814 (London: Edward Arnold, 1912).
Paget, J., Guide to the Battlefields of the Peninsular War (London: Leo Cooper, 1989).
Palmer, A. W., An Encyclopaedia of Napoleon’s Europe, (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1984).
Petre, F. L., Napoleon at Bay 1814, (London: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1914).
Petre, F. L., Napoleon’s Last Campaign in Germany, 1813, (London: Arms and Armour Press, 1974, first published 1912).
Rodger, N. A. M., The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain, 1649-1815 (London: Allen Lane, 2004).
Roosevelt, T., The Naval War of 1812 (New York, NY: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1900-2).
Snow, P., To War with Wellington: From the Peninsula to Waterloo, (London: John Murray, 2010).
Tolstoy, L., War and Peace, Translated by Maude, A., Maude, L. (Chicago IL: Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc., 1952).
Van Creveld, M., Supplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton. 2nd ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).
Weigley, R. F., The American Way of War: A History of United States Military Strategy and Policy (New York: Macmillan, 1973).
Weller, J., Wellington in the Peninsula 1808-1814 (London: Greenhill, 1992).
Wootten, G., Waterloo 1815: Birth of Modern Europe, (London: Osprey, 1992).
Zamoyski, A., 1812: Napoleon’s Fatal March on Moscow (London: HarperCollins, 2004).
The books highlighted in bold are available for free download at http://archive.org/details/texts
Unfortunately the free online copies of both books by Petre and the 1974 Arms and Armour Press reprint of his Napoleon’s Last Campaign in Germany, 1813 do not include the maps that came with the original editions.