Napoleon

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Napoleon

Napoleon

A Political Life

  • Author: Steven Englund
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 9781439131077
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 592
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This sophisticated and masterful biography, written by a respected French history scholar who has taught courses on Napoleon at the University of Paris, brings new and remarkable analysis to the study of modern history's most famous general and statesman. Since boyhood, Steven Englund has been fascinated by the unique force, personality, and political significance of Napoleon Bonaparte, who, in only a decade and a half, changed the face of Europe forever. In Napoleon: A Political Life, Englund harnesses his early passion and intellectual expertise to create a rich and full interpretation of a brilliant but flawed leader. Napoleon believed that war was a means to an end, not the end itself. With this in mind, Steven Englund focuses on the political, rather than the military or personal, aspects of Napoleon's notorious and celebrated life. Doing so permits him to arrive at some original conclusions. For example, where most biographers see this subject as a Corsican patriot who at first detested France, Englund sees a young officer deeply committed to a political event, idea, and opportunity (the French Revolution) -- not to any specific nationality. Indeed, Englund dissects carefully the political use Napoleon made, both as First Consul and as Emperor of the French, of patriotism, or "nation-talk." As Englund charts Napoleon's dramatic rise and fall -- from his Corsican boyhood, his French education, his astonishing military victories and no less astonishing acts of reform as First Consul (1799-1804) to his controversial record as Emperor and, finally, to his exile and death -- he is at particular pains to explore the unprecedented power Napoleon maintained over the popular imagination. Alone among recent biographers, Englund includes a chapter that analyzes the Napoleonic legend over the course of the past two centuries, down to the present-day French Republic, which has its own profound ambivalences toward this man whom it is afraid to recognize yet cannot avoid. Napoleon: A Political Life presents new consideration of Napoleon's adolescent and adult writings, as well as a convincing argument against the recent theory that the Emperor was poisoned at St. Helena. The book also offers an explanation of Napoleon's role as father of the "modern" in politics. What finally emerges from these pages is a vivid and sympathetic portrait that combines youthful enthusiasm and mature scholarly reflection. The result is already regarded by experts as the Napoleonic bicentennial's first major interpretation of this perennial subject.

Napoleon and Berlin

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Napoleon and Berlin

Napoleon and Berlin

The Franco-Prussian War in North Germany, 1813

  • Author: Michael V. Leggiere
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • ISBN: 9780806133997
  • Category: History
  • Page: 384
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Napoleon's unhealthy obsession with capturing Berlin is highlighted here for the first time, with fascinating details of this frustrating and ultimately unsuccessful campaign. (Military History)

The Code Napoleon and the Common-Law World

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The Code Napoleon and the Common-Law World

The Code Napoleon and the Common-Law World

The Sesquicentennial Lectures Delivered at the Law Center of New York University, December 13-15, 1954

  • Author: Bernard Schwartz
  • Publisher: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.
  • ISBN: 1886363595
  • Category: Law
  • Page: 438
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Schwartz, Bernard, Editor. The Code Napoleon and the Common-Law World: The Sesquicentennial Lectures Delivered at The Law Center of New York University December 13-15, 1954. New York: New York University Press, 1956. x, 438 pp. Reprinted 1998 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. LCCN 98-34100. ISBN 1-886363-59-5. Cloth. $80. * Reprint of the first edition, the work consists of the papers delivered by participants in the conference sponsored by the New York University Institute of Comparative Law to honor the 150th anniversary of the French Civil Code, which was the largest public celebration of the event in the legal world. The papers deal with the influence of the Code upon common-law countries in their efforts to manage statute and case law and gives examples of modern attempts at restatement of the law and uniform state laws as examples of the effect of the Code's coherence and logic. At the time of these lectures Schwartz was Director of the Institute.

Women Against Napoleon

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Women Against Napoleon

Women Against Napoleon

Historical and Fictional Responses to His Rise and Legacy

  • Author: Waltraud Maierhofer,Gertrud M. Roesch
  • Publisher: Campus Verlag
  • ISBN: 3593384140
  • Category: History
  • Page: 303
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Although Prussia’s beloved Queen Luise and the Swiss-born aristocrat and writer Germaine de Staël were Napoleon Bonaparte’s best-known female opponents, women’s discontent with Napoleon and the Napoleonic wars was more widespread—and vocal—than once assumed. Women against Napoleon expands our awareness of the range of women’s responses to the despot by presenting an international spectrum of female opposition, including contemporary letters, diaries, and published writings, as well as historical fiction of the twentieth century. By setting these materials together, this volume forges new links between literary, historical, and gender scholarship.

Napoleon and Europe

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Napoleon and Europe

Napoleon and Europe

  • Author: Philip Ingram
  • Publisher: Nelson Thornes
  • ISBN: 0748739548
  • Category: Europe
  • Page: 64
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Part of a series designed to meet the demand for materials which develop important A- and AS-Level skills, this is an assessment of the rise and fall of French fortunes within the wider context of 18th- and 19th-century Europe, and the man who was behind them.

NAPOLEON IN EXILE

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NAPOLEON IN EXILE

NAPOLEON IN EXILE

  • Author: Barry Edward O'Meara
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: France
  • Page: N.A
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Napoleon's Italy

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Napoleon's Italy

Napoleon's Italy

Desmond Gregory

  • Author: Desmond Gregory
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
  • ISBN: 9780838638842
  • Category: History
  • Page: 242
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"This history of Italy under the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte draws on primary sources - and a large number of secondary ones - and seeks to present a balanced summary to the conclusions reached by historians. The questions that it aims to answer are, first, what was Napoleon's interest in Italy (he described it as a mistress he would share with no one), and why did it continue to command his special attention until the end of his career? Second, what were his apparent intentions for the future of Italy? Third, what was the impact on Italy of fifteen years of Napoleonic rule?" "This book examines how Napoleon played the democratic and national cards purely to serve his military ends during his brilliant campaign in north Italy in 1796-97. It traces chronologically the history of the Cisalpine republics, the Italian republic, and the kingdom of Italy, for whose creation Napoleon was responsible. Once Napoleon assumed the title of emperor, Italy became for him a forward bastion against Austrian aggression, a colony to be exploited for its rich resources in men and material, a launching pad for the destruction of British power in the Mediterranean and for an assault on the Turkish empire. Italy also opened the path to the resurrection of the empire of Charlemagne, with Rome and second city of it."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Napoleon

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Napoleon

Napoleon

The End of Glory

  • Author: Munro Price
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 0199934673
  • Category: History
  • Page: 324
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On April 20, 1814, after a dizzying series of battles, campaigns, and diplomatic intrigues, a defeated Napoleon Bonaparte made his farewell speech to the Old Guard in the courtyard of the Chateau de Fontainebleau and set off for exile on the island of Elba. Napoleonic legend asserts that the Emperor was brought down by foreign powers determined to destroy him and discredit his achievements, with the aid of highly placed domestic traitors. Others argue that once Napoleon's military defeats began in 1812, his fall became inevitable. But in fact, as Munro Price shows in this brilliant new book, Napoleon's fall could have been avoided altogether. Exploring a critical and often neglected period of Napoleonic history between 1812 and 1814, Napoleon: The End of Glory offers a more complete picture of the Emperor's decline and fall than any previous work. Price analyzes the political, military, and diplomatic events of the period, from Napoleon's disastrous invasion of Russia in 1812 to the multiple failed attempts by Austria to broker peace. He illuminates the dynamic relationships between Napoleon and the wily Austrian foreign minister Metternich-whose desire for equilibrium within the European states system clashed with Napoleon's unshakeable belief in hegemony and subjection-and the charming and enigmatic Alexander I of Russia. And he explores the lasting impact of the bloody Terror of the French Revolution on Napoleon's decisions once he came to power. Rejecting the assumption that defeat was unavoidable, Price considers instead why Napoleon failed to explore a compromise peace that could have allowed him to keep his crown, arguing that the answer to this question has powerful implications for our understanding of the Napoleonic wars. Ultimately, Price provides a convincing portrait of the Emperor's decline, exposing his blindness, intransigence and miscalculations; his preference for war and his declining ability to wage it; and his nearly pathological fear of a dishonorable peace. A deeply researched study of the moment of a great man's fall, Napoleon: The End of Glory forces us to reconsider Napoleon's character, motives, and the reasons for his spectacular failure.

Napoleon's Invasion of Russia

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Napoleon's Invasion of Russia

Napoleon's Invasion of Russia

  • Author: Hereford B. George
  • Publisher: Janus Publishing Company Lim
  • ISBN: 9781902835143
  • Category: History
  • Page: 304
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Drawn from innumerable sources, this book provides a concise history of the reasons for, the campaigns, and the conclusion of Napoleon's ill-fated attempt to conquer Russia. Unlike other accounts, this book offers a more accessible version of events and separates fact from fiction to provide an insight into Napoleon's motives and reasons for his eventual failure.

Napoleon

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Napoleon

Napoleon

A Biography

  • Author: Frank McLynn
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 0712662472
  • Category: Emperors
  • Page: 739
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"Napoleon Bonaparte's character and achievements have always divided critics and commentators. In this compelling new biography Frank McLynn draws on the most recent scholarship and throws a brilliant light on this most paradoxical of men - as military leader, lover and emperor. Tracing Napoleon's extraordinary career, Mc Lynn examines the prometh-ean legend from the Corsican roots, through the years of the French Revolution and the military triumphs, to the coronation in 1804 and ultimate defeat and imprisonment. Napoleon the man emerges as an even more fascinating character than previously imagined, and McLynn brilliantly reveals the extent to which he was both existential hero and plaything of Fate; mathematician and mystic; intellectual giant and moral pygmy; Great Man and deeply flawed human being."