Age of Napoleon

Age of Napoleon

by Alistair Horne
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Age of Napoleon by Alistair Horne

The age of Napoleon transformed Europe, laying the foundations for the modern world. Now Alistair Horne, one of the great chroniclers of French history gives us a fresh account of that remarkable time.

Born into poverty on the remote island of Corsica, he rose to prominence in the turbulent years following the French Revolution, when most of Europe was arrayed against France. Through a string of brilliant and improbable victories (gained as much through his remarkable ability to inspire his troops as through his military genius), Napoleon brought about a triumphant peace that made him the idol of France and, later, its absolute ruler.

Heir to the Revolution, Napoleon himself was not a revolutionary; rather he was a reformer and a modernizer, both liberator and autocrat. Looking to the Napoleonic wars that raged on the one hand, and to the new social order emerging on the other, Horne incisively guides readers through every aspect of Napoleon’s two-decade rule: from France’s newfound commitment to an aristocracy based on merit rather than inheritance, to its civil code (Napoleon’s most important and enduring legacy), to censorship, cuisine, the texture of daily life in Paris, and the influence of Napoleon abroad. At the center of Horne’s story is a singular man, one whose ambition, willpower, energy and ability to command changed history, and continues to fascinate us today.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588363640
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/27/2004
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,078,491
File size: 382 KB

About the Author

ALISTAIR HORNE is the author of numerous books, including The Price of Glory, How Far from Austerlitz, and Seven Ages of Paris. A fellow of St. Anthony’s College, Oxford, he was educated at the Millbrook School in New York. He lives in England.


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This refreshing and easy to read book shows the social and cultural impact that Napoleon had on France and the rest of Europe. Rather than focus entirely on the military conquests Horne delves into the daily lifestyle of the Empire. Topics such as fashion, theater, and the numerous construction projects of Paris, are just some of the topics Horne discusses. This is an easy read and I recommend it for anyone who is interested in Napoleon and wishes to know more of the impact he had on France rather than just the accounts of his numerous battles.
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