1st Edition

Napoleon





ISBN 9780415610094
Published April 4, 2011 by Routledge
600 Pages

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With a new introduction by Andrew Roberts.

'A penetrating interpretation...No one with a serious interest in the Napoleonic period can afford to ignore it. ' - Times Literary Supplement

Whether viewed as an inspired leader or obsessed tyrant, Napoleon has divided opinion for over 200 years. Few individuals have left such a mark on history. Georges Lefebvre's classic work, published in Routledge Classics in one paperback volume in English for the first time, is a definitive portrait of the Napoleonic era.

Lefebvre’s history sweeps us from the lightning coup d’état of 18 Brumaire in 1799 to his final downfall amidst the wheatfields of Waterloo. More than a biography, it is a brilliant survey of the turbulent age Napoleon inaugurated in his attempt to redraw the map of Europe, from the Peninsular War to the invasion of Russia. The cast includes his antagonists – Pitt the Younger, Wellington, Metternich and Tsar Alexander – and his allies – the wily Minister of Police Fouché and Talleyrand, the ‘Prince of Diplomats’. Lefebvre’s account is equally clear-eyed about Napoleon’s genius and his flaws. Napoleon’s determination to emulate Caesar and Augustus condemned Europe to more than a decade of war and economic crisis, but he also built an empire, introducing educational, administrative and financial initiatives that are still in place today.

Georges Lefebvre (1877-1959) One of the foremost historians of the Twentieth Century and known as the ‘historian’s historian’, he held the chair of the French Revolution at the Sorbonne . His The French Revolution is also available in Routledge Classics.

Table of Contents

Introduction  Translator's Note  Foreword  From 18 Brumaire to Tilsit 1799-1807  I The Legacy of the Revolution  1. The Conflict between the Ancien Regime and the Revolution  2. The Consequences of the War and the Terms of the Peace  3. The Coming of Napoleon Bonaparte  II The Pacification of France and Europe (1799-1802)  4. The Organisation of the Dicatorship in France  5. The Pacification of Europe  6. Bonaparte Consul for Life  III Imperial Conquest to the Treaty of Tilsit (1802-1807)  7. France and England: The Struggle Renewed (1802-1805)  8. Napoleon's Army  9. The Formation of the Grand Empire (1805-1807)  From Tilsit to Waterloo, 1807-1815  IIII. The Imperial Conquests after Tilsit (1807-1812)  10. The Continental System (1807-1809)  11. The War of 1809 3. England's Successes (1807-1811)  12. The Continental Blockade  13. The Preliminaries of the Russian Campaign (1811-1812)  V The World in 1812  14. Imperial France  15. The Continental System  16. The Independent Forces III  VI The Fall of Napoleon (1812-1815)  17. The Disintegration of the Continental System (1812-1814)  18. The Restoration of the Hundred Days  Chronology  Further Reading  Index

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Georges Lefebvre (1877-1959) One of the foremost historians of the Twentieth Century and known as the ‘historian’s historian’, he held the chair of the French Revolution at the Sorbonne . His The French Revolution is also available in Routledge Classics.

Reviews

'Magisterial...a biography that is almost as much a personal adventure story as an intellectual treatise.' - Andrew Roberts

'A penetrating interpretation...No one with a serious interest in the Napoleonic period can afford to ignore it. ' - Times Literary Supplement