Bee and the Eagle: Napoleonic France and the End of the Holy Roman Empire

Bee and the Eagle: Napoleonic France and the End of the Holy Roman Empire

by Alan Forrest, Peter H. Wilson
     
 

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The year 2006 marked the bicentenary of two seminal events in German and French history: the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire that had encompassed much of Europe for over a millennium, and its replacement by a new, French-sponsored political order. The juxtaposition of the two empires in 1806 offers an ideal opportunity for a comparative approach to the…  See more details below

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The year 2006 marked the bicentenary of two seminal events in German and French history: the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire that had encompassed much of Europe for over a millennium, and its replacement by a new, French-sponsored political order. The juxtaposition of the two empires in 1806 offers an ideal opportunity for a comparative approach to the transition towards modernity and the role of France and Germany in the construction of Europe. The rapidity of these changes suggests a major turning point, to some even the birth of modernity itelf, as Napoleon, the inheritor of the dynamic, rationalising traditions of the French Revolution, triumphed over a socio-political order that had its roots in the early middle ages and claimed direct descent from the ancient Roman Empire. This volume indicates that the contrast is considerably more complex than is commonly assumed, and offers the first comparative treatment of the key themes of Empire, monarchy, political cultures, feudalism, war and military institutions, nationalism, identity and everyday experience.

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'This collection does a fine job of conveying recent scholarly trends on Napoleonic France and the Napoleonic Empire as well as on the late Holy Roman Empire and its immediate successor states in German-speaking lands. Far more than just surveying or synthesizing, however, these essays mark important and original contributions to understanding the conception, practice and experience of empire in their respective areas. In both respects this volume should prove of interest to students of any and all of these fields, and should help stimulate future comparative studies across the Franco-German divide.'

- Brian E. Vick, University of Colorado at Boulder

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ISBN-13:
9780230269507
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
12/18/2008
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
767 KB

Meet the Author

ALAN FORREST is Professor of Modern History at the University of York, UK. He has published widely on French revolutionary and Napoleonic history, especially on social history and on the military. His most recent publications include Napoleon's Men: The Soldiers of the Revolution and Empire (London, 2002), Paris, the Provinces and the French Revolution (London, 2004) and (jointly-authored with Jean-Paul Bertaud and Annie Jourdan) Napoléon, le monde et les Anglais. Guerre des mots et des images (Paris, 2004).

PETER H. WILSON is GF Grant Professor of History at the University of Hull. He is a specialist in German history and military-civil relations in early modern Europe. His most recent publications include Absolutism in Central Europe, From Reich to Revolution: German History 1558-1806 and War in European History 1815-1914 (ed).

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