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

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313320149
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Series: Greenwood Guides to Historic Events 1500-1900 Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Chronology of Events
Ch. 1 Napoleon Bonaparte: An Overview 1
Ch. 2 The Structure of Napoleonic France 25
Ch. 3 Napoleonic Society: The New Regime 47
Ch. 4 Daily Life in Napoleonic France 69
Ch. 5 Napoleon and the French Armies 89
Ch. 6 War Makes Rattling Good History 111
Ch. 7 The Legend of the Eagle 147
Biographical Sketches: Significant Persons in the Age of Napoleon 161
Primary Documents of the Napoleonic Era, 1799-1815 175
Annotated Bibliography 201
Index 213
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