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Conquest, Reform and Reorganisation, 2nd Edition

By Clive Emsley


150 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Napoleon had a profound impact on the development of both France and Europe, and his career had repercussions across the wider world. His career had all the elements of a classical tragedy: having begun with spectacular military and civil achievements, it ended in exile on the tiny Atlantic island of St Helena.

Almost two centuries after Napoleon’s death, historians continue to argue about his aims, his achievements and his legacy. In this thoroughly revised and updated new edition, Clive Emsley brings these historiographical debates up-to-date, and broadens his study to include discussion of the cultural and social impact of the Napoleonic era.

Divided into five parts this new edition:

    • offers a succinct summary of Napoleon’s career
    • examines his impact on France and Europe, as well as including a new chapter on the impact of the Napoleonic adventure on the wider world
    • considers the relationship between Napoleon and the French Revolution
    • outlines the difficulties in assessing his career
    • explores the current debates surrounding Napoleon
    • contains an expanded selection of primary source documents, ranging from state papers to police reports.

A Chronology, Glossary and Who’s Who of key characters are also provided, making this an indispensable textbook for students of nineteenth-century French and European history.

Table of Contents

Part One: Introduction 1. ‘My History is made up of facts, and words alone cannot destroy them’ Part Two: Narrative and Analysis 2. The Career and the Man 3. Reorganising France 4. Reorganising Europe Part Three: Assessment 5. The Legacy Part Four: Documents Part Five: Glossary, Maps, Who’s Who, Bibliography

About the Author

Clive Emsley is Professor Emeritus of History at the Open University. He is co-editor of the Seminar Studies series. Among his publications are The Longman Companion to Napoleonic Europe (1993) and Gendarmes and the State in Nineteenth-Century Europe (1999).

About the Series

Seminar Studies

Each book in the Seminar Studies series provides a concise and reliable introduction to a wide range of complex historical events and debates, covering topics in British, European, US and world history from the early modern period to the present day. Written by acknowledged experts and including supporting material such as extracts from historical documents, chronologies, glossaries, guides to key figures and further reading suggestions, Seminar Studies titles are essential reading for students of history.

Almost half a century after its launch, the series continues to introduce students to the problems involved in explaining the past, giving them the opportunity to grapple with historical documents and encouraging them to reach their own conclusions. To submit proposals for new books in the Seminar Studies series, please contact the series editors:

Clive.Emsley: clive.emsley @

Gordon Martel: Gordon.Martel @

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Europe / France
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century