Napoleon: A Political Life / Edition 1

Napoleon: A Political Life / Edition 1

by Steven Englund
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674018036

ISBN-13: 9780674018037

Pub. Date: 04/30/2005

Publisher: Harvard

This sophisticated and masterful biography brings new and remarkable analysis to the study of modern history's most famous general and statesman. As Englund charts Napoleon's dramatic rise and fall--from his Corsican boyhood, his French education, his astonishing military victories and no less astonishing acts of reform as First Consul (1799-1804) to his controversial

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This sophisticated and masterful biography brings new and remarkable analysis to the study of modern history's most famous general and statesman. As Englund charts Napoleon's dramatic rise and fall--from his Corsican boyhood, his French education, his astonishing military victories and no less astonishing acts of reform as First Consul (1799-1804) to his controversial record as Emperor and, finally, to his exile and death--he explores the unprecedented power Napoleon maintains over the popular imagination.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674018037
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
04/30/2005
Pages:
321
Sales rank:
646,800
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Contents

Frisson

Book I: Allons enfants de la Patrie

I. Napoleone di Buonaparte

Unsceptered Isle: Corsica in the Eighteenth Century

The Buonapartes of Ajaccio

Napoleon's Childhood

II. The Making of the Patriot

To France (Autun and Brienne)

Gentleman and Officer

Family

Enfant de la Patrie (Psychology)

Enfant de la Patrie (Ideas)

Corsican Junkets

III. The Unmaking of the Patriot

Annuit Coeptis: The French Revolution and the Emergencen of "the Political"

Divergences: Corsica and Napoleon in the Revolution

Styles of Patriotism: Paoli versus the Bonapartes

Interlude: Writer in the Making?

Napoleon in France (May-October 1792)

Forced Departure (1793)

Beyond Patriotism

IV. Robespierre on Horseback

"The Supper at Beaucaire"

Recognition

The Dinner at Ancona

The Spinner's Plans

Vendémiaire, Year IV

Book II: Le jour de gloire est arrivé

V. Love and War

Clisson in Love

A Rose by Any Other Name

The Improviser of Victory: The First Italian Campaign (1796-1797)

"Three to One": The "Moral" Elements of Victory

Lodi

VI. Apprenticeship in Statecraft: Italy and Egypt

"Cister" Republics

Death in Venice (of a Jacobin Reputation)

France Seen from the Army of Italy

Paris Interlude

A Passage to India: Egypt, 1798-1799, the Military Operation

Sultan El-Kebir -- Governing Egypt

Egypt: A Balance Sheet

VII. Power (I): Taking It (Brumaire)

"Politics" and "the Political"

"The National Mess": The State of France, 1798-1799

The Return of the Prodigy

Brumaire: An Actor's Nightmare

VIII. Power (II): Using It (The Consulate)

The Pastiche of the Year VIII

War in Italy (Again): The Second Italian Campaign, 1800

The Blocks of Granite: Le Politique

Concordat

Economy, State, and Society: Bourgeois Consolidation?

The Politics of Depoliticization...

...and the "National" Fix

Napoleon and the Bonapartes

Book III: Contre nous, de la tyrannie

IX. Power (III): Naming It (From Citizen Consul to Emperor of the French)

Parallel Lives, Parallel Plots (1800-1802)

Consul for Life (1802-1804)

The War of Dirty Tricks

Getting Worse: The Coming of the Empire

Stupete Gentes!: The Republican Emperor

Coronation

Legitimacy: The Never-Ending Quest

X. La Guerre -- Encore (et pour toujours)

The Failure of the Peace

Forming the Third Coalition

The Great Campaign (1805)

From Grande Nation to Grand Empire

The Fourth Coalition (1806-1807): The Prussian and

the Russian Campaigns

Blockade (I)

XI. The Empire -- and Its Fissures (1807-1810)

Imperator and Imperium

The Janus Face of the Grand Empire

Spain

The War of the Fifth Coalition: 1809

The Pope and the Emperor

Book IV: L'Etendard sanglant est levé

XII. The Great Unraveling (1810-1812)

Highwater: Divorce, Remarriage, Heir

The Crisis of 1810-1811

The Blockade (II)

The Napoleonic Dream: Political Economy as National

Economics

1812 Overture

The Flight Forward

The Leader and His Men

His Master's Voice

XIII. The Collapse (1812-1814)

Malet

Pius and Impious (The Pope and the Emperor Again)

1813: The Crusade of the Sovereigns

The National Revival Manqué

The Lion in Winter: The Champagne Campaign (1814)

Abdication?

Abjection

XIV. Nation-Talk: The Liberal Empire

"Vesuvius Next Door to Naples": Napoleon on Elba

(May 1814-March 1815)

The Kingdom of the Weather Vane: Restoration France

The Eagle Has Landed

The Hundred Days (March 20-June 29)

Sub specie aeternitatis...

The Jacobin Specter

The Nation-Talker: Napoleon Chameleon

Waterloo: Vae Victis

Abjection (II), Abdication (II)

XV. Shadows: "The Liberal Empire"

The New "Saint"

Memoirs

Sickness unto Death

The Napoleonic Tradition(s)

Introduction (Misplaced)

Notes

Bibliographical Comments

Acknowledgments

Index

Map on page

Art following page

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