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 talentachievements that explain his continued fascination for so many people.
Charles J. Esdaile
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Series: 30 Second
16 April 2019
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-Classicism30 Life 32 Glossary 34 Childhood 36 Josephine 38 Elevation 40 Profile: Pasquale di Paoli 42 Coronation 44 Marie-Louise 46 Abdication 48 Exile50 Empire 52 Glossary 54 France 56 Belgium 58 Holland 60 Profile: Charles de Talleyrand 62 Germany 64 Italy 66 Poland 68 Spain70 Victories 72 Glossary 74 Italian Campaign 76 Marengo 78 Austerlitz 80 Profile: Jean-Roch Coignet 82 Jena-Auerstadt 84 Eylau 86 Friedland 88 Wagram90 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 Waterloo110 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-Perrin130 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 Siblings152 Appendices 154 Resources 156 Notes on contributors 158 Index 160 Acknowledgments
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).