30-Second Napoleon

The 50 fundamentals of his life, strategies, and legacy, each explained in half a minute

Almost two centuries since his death, Napoleon Bonaparte remains the subject of vigorous debate. On one side are those with a romantic attachment to ideals of liberty and democracy, on the other are those who would rather see him as an ambitious warlord, bent on establishing a colonial empire in the heart of Europe. Les mer
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Om boka

Almost two centuries since his death, Napoleon Bonaparte remains the subject of vigorous debate. On one side are those with a romantic attachment to ideals of liberty and democracy, on the other are those who would rather see him as an ambitious warlord, bent on establishing a colonial empire in the heart of Europe. 30-Second Napoleon takes in both viewpoints, presenting an engrossing introduction to one of the most recognizable figures in history and one of extraordinary interest whichever point of view you take, romantic or pragmatic: one who did much to modernize Europe, and who stood for both a powerful state and for rational and efficient government, plus such principles as equality before the law and the career open to talent-achievements that explain his continued fascination for so many people.

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Innholdsfortegnelse

6 Foreword
8 Introduction

10 Contexts
12 Glossary
14 Corsica
16 Enlightened Absolutism
18 The Enlightenment
20 Profile: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
22 French Revolution
24 The Industrial Revolution
26 International Relations
28 Neo-Classicism

30 Life
32 Glossary
34 Childhood
36 Josephine
38 Elevation
40 Profile: Pasquale di Paoli
42 Coronation
44 Marie-Louise
46 Abdication
48 Exile

50 Empire
52 Glossary
54 France
56 Belgium
58 Holland
60 Profile: Charles de Talleyrand
62 Germany
64 Italy
66 Poland
68 Spain

70 Victories
72 Glossary
74 Italian Campaign
76 Marengo
78 Austerlitz
80 Profile: Jean-Roch Coignet
82 Jena-Auerstadt
84 Eylau
86 Friedland
88 Wagram

90 Defeats
92 Glossary
94 Egypt
96 Trafalgar
98 Continental Blockade
100 Peninsular War
102 Profile: Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
104 Russia
106 Leipzig
108 Waterloo

110 Marshals
112 Glossary
114 Louis Davout
116 Jean Lannes
118 Andre Massena
120 Joachim Murat
122 Profile: Louis Berthier
124 Michel Ney
126 Jean-de-Dieu Soult
126 Claude Victor-Perrin

130 Tools
132 Glossary
134 Army
136 Art
138 Profile: Jacques Louis David
140 The Civil Code
142 The Concordat
144 Conscription
146 Legion of Honor
148 Press
150 Siblings

152 Appendices
154 Resources
156 Notes on contributors
158 Index
160 Acknowledgments

Om forfatteren

Professor Charles Esdaile was educated at the University of Lancaster, and, after 15 years at the University of Liverpool, was appointed to a personal chair there in 2004. Between 2008 and 2014 he was Academic Vice-President of Peninsular War 200, and his major publications include Fighting Napoleon (2004), Napoleon's Wars: an International History (2007), and Women in the Peninsular War (2014).

Professor Charles Esdaile was educated at the University of Lancaster, and, after 15 years at the University of Liverpool, was appointed to a personal chair there in 2004. Between 2008 and 2014 he was Academic Vice-President of Peninsular War 200, and his major publications include Fighting Napoleon (2004), Napoleon's Wars: an International History (2007), and Women in the Peninsular War (2014).