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From the PublisherPraise for the first edition:
"A useful—indeed, indispensable—introduction for students"—European History Quarterly
Geoffrey Ellis offers an up-to-date synthesis of recent research into the aims and effects of Napoleonic rule in France and in conquered Europe. Thoroughly revised, this second edition provides much more extensive coverage of Napoleon's treatment of the annexed lands and subject states of the "Grand Empire", as well as of military conscription and desertion, and the role of the Gendarmerie in the war against brigands and military defaulters. The legacy of Napoleonic rule is discussed in greater depth, and the book also features a more comprehensive bibliography.
• A Note on References
• Preface to the Second Edition
• Introduction: Napoleon in Historiography
• The Inheritance
• The Civil Foundations of the Napoleonic State
• The 'Grand Empire' and the 'Grand Army'
• The Formation and Endowment of an Imperial Élite
• The Imperial Economy
• The Legacy
• Select Bibliography