Imperial City: Rome under Napoleon

Imperial City: Rome under Napoleon

by Susan Vandiver Nicassio

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In 1798, the armies of the French Revolution tried to transform Rome from the capital of the Papal States to a Jacobin Republic. For the next two decades, Rome was the subject of power struggles between the forces of the Empire and the Papacy, while Romans endured the unsuccessful efforts of Napoleon’s best and brightest to pull the ancient city into the modern world. Against this historical backdrop, Nicassio weaves together an absorbing social, cultural, and political history of Rome and its people. Based on primary sources and incorporating two centuries of Italian, French, and international research, her work reveals what life was like for Romans in the age of Napoleon.

“A remarkable book that wonderfully vivifies an understudied era in the history of Rome. . . . This book will engage anyone interested in early modern cities, the relationship between religion and daily life, and the history of the city of Rome.”—Journal of Modern History

“An engaging account of Tosca’s Rome. . . . Nicassio provides a fluent introduction to her subject.”—History Today

“Meticulously researched, drawing on a host of original manuscripts, memoirs, personal letters, and secondary sources, enabling [Nicassio] to bring her story to life.”—History

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226579740
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/15/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Susan Vandiver Nicassio is professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is the author of many books, including Tosca’s Rome, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents


Cast of Characters

Chapter One: Urbe et Orbe: The City and the World

Chapter Two: The City

Chapter Three: The People

Chapter Four: Joys

Chapter Five: The Turning Year

Chapter Six: Sorrows

Chapter Seven: Money, School and Work

Chapter Eight: The New Regime

Chapter Nine: The Empire Versus God

Chapter Ten: Restorations

Bibliographical Essay


Index of Names

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