The Napoleonic Empire

Author: Geoffrey Ellis

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1403944016

Category: History

Page: 184

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Was Napoleon the 'heir' of the French Revolution, the great consolidator of its reforms, or did he distort and even abandon its principles? What were the aims and effects of Napoleonic rule in France and in conquered Europe more widely? This second edition of The Napoleonic Empire offers a critical reassessment of these central issues and provides a fresh synthesis of the most important research during the past forty years. Beginning with Napoleon's inheritance, Geoffrey Ellis balances the conflicting evidence for change or continuity over the years from the Revolutionary upheaval to the height of the 'Grand Empire'. The new edition: - covers the administrative, military, social and economic aspects of the subject - redefines the whole impact of Napoleonic imperialism in both the short and longer term - offers more extensive coverage of Napoleon's treatment of the annexed lands and subject states of his Empire, as well as of military conscription, desertion, and the role of the Gendarmerie in the war against brigands and military defaulters - provides an expanded discussion of the institutional legacy of Napoleonic rule in France and Europe With an up-dated and more comprehensive bibliography, this thoroughly revised text is an invaluable guide to Napoleon's Europe and is ideal for specialist and general readers alike.

Napoleon and Europe

Author: D. G. Wright

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780582354579

Category: History

Page: 137

View: 8414

This study provides both an introduction to, and an overview of, Napoleon's impact on France and Europe. It explores his origins and personality, assesses his contribution to the crucial changes in the conduct of warfare during this period, and examines the reasons for the ultimate defeat of his armies and the collapse of the Empire. It concludes with a brief study of the Napoleonic legend and the historical controversies which surround it.

A Short History of Europe, 1600-1815

Search for a Reasonable World

Author: Lisa Rosner,John Theibault

Publisher: M.E. Sharpe

ISBN: 9780765630896

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 4713

A concise and lively survey that introduces students to the people, ideas, and conflicts in European history from the Thirty Years' War to the Napoleonic Era. The authors draw on new work in gender studies, environmental history, anthropology and cultural history to illustrate the animating force of the period: the assumption that the world could be made amenable to human reason, though precisely how that was to be done remained highly contested. The nature of those contests--in politics, culture, and society--is traced throughout the book. The work includes discussions of developments in science, art, and literature. A chronology of people and events concludes each chapter and there is a glossary of key terms at the end of the book.


A Political Life

Author: Steven Englund

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439131077

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 592

View: 4985

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.


Author: Geoffrey Ellis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317874706

Category: History

Page: 300

View: 974

This invaluable account provides an excellent introduction to the nature and mechanics of Napoleon's power, and how he used it. It explores Napoleon's rise to fame as a soldier of the French Revolution and his aims and achievements as first consul and emperor during the years 1799-1815.

Russland gegen Napoleon

die Schlacht um Europa

Author: Dominic Lieven

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783570100509


Page: 763

View: 9321

Eine grundlegend neue Bewertung der Napoleon-Zeit auf der Basis erstmals ausgewerteter russischer Quellen Der Sieg Russlands über Napoleon markiert ein epochales Ereignis der europäischen Geschichte. Nach der Zerschlagung der vertriebenen Grande Armée 1812 wurde Napoleons Heer 1813 ein weiteres Mal auf deutschen Schlachtfeldern besiegt, bevor russische Truppen an der Spitze der siegreichen Koalition am 31. März 1814 in Paris einmarschierten. Damit begründete das Zarenreich im bis dahin längsten Feldzug der europäischen Geschichte Stabilität und Frieden im damaligen Europa. Dominic Lieven bezieht erstmals umfassend die russische Ereignisperspektive ein und revidiert zentrale Positionen bisheriger Geschichtsschreibung, die sich vornehmlich auf westliche Quellen stützt. Dabei werden drei kriegsentscheidende Stärken Russlands sichtbar: die logistische Meisterleistung, eine halbe Million Truppen ausserhalb des eigenen Staatsgebiets zu versorgen, die Überlegenheit der russischen Kavallerie und die oft verkannte Weitsicht von Zar Alexander I.

Conscription in the Napoleonic Era

A Revolution in Military Affairs?

Author: Donald Stoker,Frederick C. Schneid,Harold D. Blanton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134270100

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 2787

This edited volume explores conscription in the Napoleonic era, tracing the roots of European conscription and exploring the many methods that states used to obtain the manpower they needed to prosecute their wars. The levée-en-masse of the French Revolution has often been cited as a ‘Revolution in Military Affairs’, but was it truly a ‘revolutionary’ break with past European practices of raising armies, or an intensification of the scope and scale of practices already inherent in the European military system? This international collection of scholars demonstrate that European conscription has far deeper roots than has been previously acknowledged, and that its intensification during the Napoleonic era was more an ‘evolutionary’ than ‘revolutionary’ change. This book will be of much interest to students of Military History, Strategic Studies, Strategic History and European History.

The Cossack Myth

History and Nationhood in the Age of Empires

Author: Serhii Plokhy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110702210X

Category: History

Page: 386

View: 9386

The fascinating story of The History of the Rus', one of the most influential historical texts of the modern era.

Napoleon's Conquest of Europe

The War of the Third Coalition

Author: Frederick C. Schneid

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275980962

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 4734

Exploring the diplomatic, economic, and military aspects of the 1805 campaign, this vivid account details how Napoleon played upon historic relationships, competition, and animosities to lay the foundation for victory over his European rivals.


Conquest, Reform and Reorganisation

Author: Clive Emsley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317610288

Category: History

Page: 145

View: 6157

Napoleon had a profound impact on the development of both France and Europe, and his career had repercussions across the wider world. His career had all the elements of a classical tragedy: having begun with spectacular military and civil achievements, it ended in exile on the tiny Atlantic island of St Helena. Almost two centuries after Napoleon’s death, historians continue to argue about his aims, his achievements and his legacy. In this thoroughly revised and updated new edition, Clive Emsley brings these historiographical debates up-to-date, and broadens his study to include discussion of the cultural and social impact of the Napoleonic era. This new edition: offers a succinct summary of Napoleon’s career examines his impact on France and Europe, as well as including a new chapter on the impact of the Napoleonic adventure on the wider world considers the relationship between Napoleon and the French Revolution outlines the difficulties in assessing his career explores the current debates surrounding Napoleon contains an expanded selection of primary source documents, ranging from state papers to police reports. A Chronology, Glossary and Who’s Who of key characters are also provided, making this an indispensable textbook for students of nineteenth-century French and European history.

Napoleon and His Empire

Europe, 1804-1814

Author: Philip Dwyer,Alan Forrest

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230008069

Category: History

Page: 264

View: 8681

Napoleon and His Empire brings together some of the world's leading Napoleonic historians, and is born out of a reflection on the Empire two hundred years after its foundation in May 1804. It provides a timely overview of current trends in research and historiography. It not only revisits traditional themes like Napoleon's revolutionary credentials, the plebiscite for the Empire and the Continental System, but also looks at new research on questions of citizenship, gender, education and local government.

The French Second Empire

An Anatomy of Political Power

Author: Roger Price

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139430975

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 3250

This book is about a major historical figure, Napoleon III, and a political regime. It examines how Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte (nephew of the first Napoleon) was able to secure election as President of the Republic and subsequently to launch a coup d'état to establish a Second Empire. It then considers the ways in which power was exercised by the new imperial regime. Later, apparent stability led Napoleon III to engage in a difficult process of transition towards a more liberal regime; but at the point of success the decision was taken to go to war against Prussia which resulted in a catastrophic defeat and the destruction of his regime. This is a most thoroughly researched book on the Second Empire, which makes a contribution to our knowledge of a vitally important period of French history following the 1848 revolution and the intense mid-century crisis.

The Age of Napoleon

Author: Susan Punzel Conner

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313320149

Category: History

Page: 218

View: 7345

Napoleon, from his clannishness to his obsession with detail, is described in his own words and those of his contemporaries.

Napoleon and Europe

Author: Philip G. Dwyer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317882717

Category: History

Page: 350

View: 7249

Two hundred years ago, Napoleon was at the apogee of his power in Europe. This broad ranging reassessment explores the key themes presented by his extraordinary career: from his rise to power and the foundation of the imperial state, to the final defeat of his grand vision following the doomed invasion of Russia. It was a period of almost uninterrupted war in Europe, the consquences of victory or failure repeatedly transforming the political map. But Napoleon’s impact reached much deeper than this, achieving the ultimate destruction of the ancien regime and feudalism in Europe, and leaving a political and juridical legacy that persists today.

From Reich to State

The Rhineland in the Revolutionary Age, 1780-1830

Author: Michael Rowe

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521824439

Category: History

Page: 331

View: 9924

A history of the Rhineland in the Napoleonic era.