Overview

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.

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Napoleon

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781317874690
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/6/2014
  • Series: Profiles In Power
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Prelude to Power: The Formative Years, 1769-99 8
Napoleon's Youth and Education 9
Soldier of the Revolution 18
'A Dazzling Fame' 23
From Egypt to Brumaire 29
The Fortunes of the Clan 32
Ch. 3 The Elaboration of Power: Napoleonic Government 37
Republican Legacy and Imperial Vision 38
The Treatment of the Opposition 53
The Concordat 59
The Reorganization of French Finances 66
The Judicial System 73
Ch. 4 The Territorial and Dynastic Extensions of Power: From Empire to 'Grand Empire' 81
Conquest, Annexation, and the Satellite States 82
The Grand Army 87
The Continental Blockade 101
Temporal Power versus Spiritual Authority 112
Ch. 5 The Social Accretions of Power: The Imperial Notables, Nobility, and 'Spoils System' 125
The Revolutionary Land Settlement 126
The Notables 129
The Imperial Nobility 132
The 'Grand Empire' in Napoleon's 'Spoils System' 136
The Fate of the Old Nobility 141
Ch. 6 Representations of Power, For and Against: Public Opinion, Education, and the Arts 155
The Personalization of Power: The Visual Arts 156
The Press, Censorship, and State Propaganda 168
Education and the Higher Institutions of Learning 171
Literature 178
Ch. 7 The Historiographical Images of Power 189
Napoleon on Napoleon 191
How Others Viewed Napoleon: The Early Writings 197
The Past Related to the Present 214
In Search of a Grand Theme 223
Ch. 8 Conclusion: The Real Legacy 231
Bibliographical Essay 238
Chronology 252
Maps 259
Index 271
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