Michael V. Leggiere | Department of History

Michael V. Leggiere

Professor, Deputy Director of the Military History Center
WH 240
Modern France

I am a Professor of History and Deputy Director of the Military History Center. I specialize in the French Revolution and Napoleon and teach courses on military and diplomatic history from 1763 to 1914. I take great pride in teaching both undergraduate and graduate students. I earned my Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1997 after completing work at FSU's Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution. I have conducted extensive archival research in Paris, Vienna, and Berlin in 1994, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2009, and 2019 and topographic research in Germany, France, Belgium, and Poland in 1998, 2002, 2013, and 2015. I am an active member of the Society for Military History and I represent UNT on the Board of Directors of the Consortium on Revolutionary Europe. In addition, I am an academic fellow of La Société Napoléonienne Internationale, and a trustee of the Masséna Society. I live in Prosper, TX with my wife of 21 years, Michele, and our two children: Jordyn and Nick. I enjoy watching football, eating good calzone and pizza, and driving my red convertible 1967 Mustang.

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Napoleon and Berlin: The Franco-Prussian War in North Germany, 1813 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2002). The first volume I of the University of Oklahoma Press's award-winning "Campaigns and Commanders" series. Winner of the La Société Napoléonienne Internationale 2002 Literary Award.

The Fall of Napoleon, volume I: The Allied Invasion of France, 1813-1814 (Cambridge University Press, 2007). Winner of the La Société Napoléonienne Internationale 2008 Literary Award.

Blücher: Scourge of Napoleon (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014) Winner of the Society for Military History's 2015 Distinguished Book Award for biography as well as the La Société Napoléonienne Internationale 2014 Literary Award.

Napoleon and the Struggle for Germany (Cambridge University Press, 2015). Two-volume 1,400-page authoritative account of Napoleon's 1813 Campaign in Germany