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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.
A biography of the military genius, who in 1804 crowned himself Emperor of the French and established a vast European empire.
2. Prelude to Power: The Formative Years, 1769-99.
3. The Elaboration of Power: Napoleonic Government.
4. The Territorial and Dynastic Extensions of Power: From Empire to 'Grand Empire'.
5. The Social Accretions of Power: The Imperial Notables, Nobility, and 'Spoils System'.
6. Representations of Power, For and Against: Public Opinion, Education, and the Arts.
7. The Historiographical Images of Power.
8. Conclusion: The Real Legacy.