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The Age of Napoleon (Greenwood Guides to Historic Events, 1500-1900) / Edition 1

The Age of Napoleon (Greenwood Guides to Historic Events, 1500-1900) / Edition 1

by Susan P. ConnerSusan P. Conner


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Hegel called him an idea on horseback, a description that suggests Napoleon Bonaparte's complexity, as well as the extent to which he changed France, Europe, and the world. Napoleon has been called a visionary, a pragmatist, a cynical opportunist, an ogre, and a demigod. Here, he is described in his own words and the words of his contemporaries: from his clannishness to his knack for being at the right place at the right time, and from his genius to his obsession with detail.

Napoleon brought order out of the chaos of the French Revolution, pressed for revolutionary equality of opportunity, and planned a European union. In the process, he knew peace for only 14 months of his 15-year reign, marched his armies from Lisbon to Moscow, and caused the deaths of millions. In this resource, a detailed timeline, maps, illustrations, biographical sketches, and primary documents help students get a feel for the brief but enduring Age of Napoleon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313320149
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/30/2004
Series: Greenwood Guides to Historic Events 1500-1900 Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.92(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

SUSAN P. CONNER is Professor of History and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Florida Southern College, Lakeland. She has published widely in journals such as Eighteenth Century Studies, the Journal of Social History, the Journal of Women's History, and Eighteenth Century Life, and on topics of gender, marginality, crime, and social history in collections, guides, and historical encyclopedia.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword



Chronology of Events

The Napoleonic Era, 1799-1815

Napoleon Bonaparte: An Overview

The Structure of Napoleonic France

Napoleonic Society: The New Regime

Daily Life in Napoleonic France

Napoleon and the French Armies

War Makes Rattling Good History

The Legend of the Eagle

Primary Documents of the Napoleonic Era

Napoleon Bonaparte's Letter to His Brother Joseph (June 22, 1792)

Supper in Beaucaire (1793)

Napoleon Bonaparte's Letter to Josephine, in absence (April 3, 1796)

Napoleon's Legacy as Viewed from St. Helena

Napoleon Bonaparte's Letter to Talleyrand on Constitution Making (September 17, 1797)

Description of Napoleon by His Private Secretary, Meneval

Napoleon's Observations on War

The Continental Blockade (1810)

The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier (1813)

The Last Will and Testament of Napoleon (1821)


Annotated Bibliography


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