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Napoleon: The Path to Power, 1769-1799
     

Napoleon: The Path to Power, 1769-1799

by Philip Dwyer
 

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ISBN-10: 0300151322

ISBN-13: 9780300151329

Pub. Date: 03/10/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

At just thirty years of age, Napoleon Bonaparte ruled the most powerful country in Europe. But the journey that led him there was neither inevitable nor smooth.  This authoritative biography focuses on the evolution of Napoleon as a leader and debunks many of the myths that are often repeated about him—sensational myths often propagated by Napoleon

Overview

At just thirty years of age, Napoleon Bonaparte ruled the most powerful country in Europe. But the journey that led him there was neither inevitable nor smooth.  This authoritative biography focuses on the evolution of Napoleon as a leader and debunks many of the myths that are often repeated about him—sensational myths often propagated by Napoleon himself. Here, Philip Dwyer sheds new light on Napoleon’s inner life—especially his darker side and his passions—to reveal a ruthless, manipulative, driven man whose character has been disguised by the public image he carefully fashioned to suit the purposes of his ambition.

Dwyer focuses acutely on Napoleon’s formative years, from his Corsican origins to his French education, from his melancholy youth to his flirtation with radicals of the French Revolution, from his first military campaigns in Italy and Egypt to the political-military coup that brought him to power in 1799. One of the first truly modern politicians, Napoleon was a master of “spin,” using the media to project an idealized image of himself. Dwyer’s biography of the young Napoleon provides a fascinating new perspective on one of the great figures of modern history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300151329
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/10/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
672
Sales rank:
885,249
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps     xiii
A Note on the Use of Names     xv
Prologue: The Bridge at Arcola     1
The Outsider, 1769-1792
The Pleasure of Recognition
Imaginary Landscapes     11
Carlo and Paoli     14
'A Violent Enthusiasm for Liberty'     19
The Choice     22
A 'Vigorous and Rude' Education     26
'You Will Be My Avenger'
'A Sombre and Cantankerous Youth'     33
Death of the Father     38
A Corsican in France, a Frenchman in Corsica     42
Corsica in Revolution
An Island in Turmoil     53
Working towards the Revolution     58
The Return of the Babbo     66
Denunciations     72
Ambition Awakened
The Republican     76
'I Wanted You to Be Free'     83
The Easter Sunday Murders     88
Buonaparte, Paris and the Revolution     92
The Revolutionary, 1792-1796
Disillusion
Increasing Tensions     105
The Expedition to Sardinia     106
The Rupture     113
'Perpetual Infamy'     120
'It Is Better to Eat Than Be Eaten'     122
The Jacobin
Refugees     127
The Situation in the Midi     130
The Siege of Toulon     133
'Ville Infame'     140
Italy - the First Plans     145
Shifting Political Sands
Arrest     151
'My Tender Eugenie'     159
Paris: The Decisive Months     163
The Political Appointee
General Vendemiaire     171
'Seizing the Moon with His Teeth'     178
'A Proud Cajoler'     184
The Conquering Hero, 1796-1798
Innovation
First Impressions     195
An Army of Brigands     199
Defeating Piedmont     204
'The Moral Force of Victory'     209
Conquest and Pillage
The Entry into Milan     219
'I Thought Only of You'     223
The Price of Liberty     225
Lombardy in Revolt     227
Liberating Italian Art     234
'My Life is a Perpetual Nightmare'     238
Castiglione     245
Artists and Soldiers, Politics and Love
Rebirth - Arcola     248
Exploiting Victory     254
Love and Self-Pity     258
Breaking Free     265
Rivoli     268
The Apprenticeship of Power
Invading the Papal States     273
'Turn Their Thoughts towards the Idea of Liberty'     277
'Has the Rhine Been Crossed?'     282
The Liberator of Italy     286
The Veronese Easter     293
The Court at Mombello     296
Bonaparte the 'Italique'
Defending 'Liberty and its Friends'     304
Entering the Political Fray: The Coup of Fructidor     311
'Drunk with Happiness'     314
'A Pure and Great Giant of Glory'     320
The Civilizing Hero, 1798-1799
A Grandiose Exile
The Decision     333
The Philosopher General     343
Moments of Doubt     347
Confronting Egypt
Toulon     351
The Crossing     354
Malta     356
'Like Fish on the Plains of Saint-Denis'     361
Sand, Melancholy and Suicide     367
Conciliation and Terror: Governing Egypt
Tearing Away the Veil     375
Adapting     378
Disaffection     383
Distractions     385
The Plague     390
Repression     391
Prisoner of his Conquest
The Battle of the Nile     395
The Revolt of Cairo     401
The Decision to Invade Syria     407
The Limits of Imagination
'All Human Effort against Me is Useless'     412
The Massacre at Jaffa     416
Fear and Contagion     422
The Siege of St John of Acre     424
The End of the Dream
Retreat and Revenge     430
Aboukir: Defeat Atoned     439
The Flight from Egypt     442
Seizing Power, 1799
The Return of the Saviour
Like an 'Electric Shock'     449
'The Man Who Would Save France'     452
France on the Eve of the Coup     462
The 'Sword'     468
Negotiating a Role     470
The Plot     480
The Coup as Farce
The First Act     483
The Second Act     490
Denouement     495
The Final Scene     502
Epilogue
In Search of the Saviour     505
In Search of Bonaparte     514
Notes     521
Select Bibliography     599
Acknowledgements     627
Index     629

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