Hegel called him an idea on horseback, a description that suggests Napoleon Bonaparte's complexity, as well as the extent to which he changed France, Europe, and the world. Napoleon has been called a visionary, a pragmatist, a cynical opportunist, an ogre, and a demigod. Here, he is described in his own words and the words of his contemporaries: from his clannishness to his knack for being at the right place at the right time, and from his genius to his obsession with detail. Napoleon brought order out of the chaos of the French Revolution, pressed for revolutionary equality of opportunity, and planned a European union. In the process, he knew peace for only 14 months of his 15-year reign, marched his armies from Lisbon to Moscow, and caused the deaths of millions. In this resource, a detailed timeline, maps, illustrations, biographical sketches, and primary documents help students get a feel for the brief but enduring Age of Napoleon.
SUSAN P. CONNER is Professor of History and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Florida Southern College, Lakeland. She has published widely in journals such as Eighteenth Century Studies, the Journal of Social History, the Journal of Women's History, and Eighteenth Century Life, and on topics of gender, marginality, crime, and social history in collections, guides, and historical encyclopedia.
Series Foreword Preface Acknowledgments Chronology of Events The Napoleonic Era, 1799-1815 Napoleon Bonaparte: An Overview The Structure of Napoleonic France Napoleonic Society: The New Regime Daily Life in Napoleonic France Napoleon and the French Armies War Makes Rattling Good History The Legend of the Eagle Primary Documents of the Napoleonic Era Napoleon Bonaparte's Letter to His Brother Joseph (June 22, 1792) Supper in Beaucaire (1793) Napoleon Bonaparte's Letter to Josephine, in absence (April 3, 1796) Napoleon's Legacy as Viewed from St. Helena Napoleon Bonaparte's Letter to Talleyrand on Constitution Making (September 17, 1797) Description of Napoleon by His Private Secretary, Meneval Napoleon's Observations on War The Continental Blockade (1810) The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier (1813) The Last Will and Testament of Napoleon (1821) Biographies Annotated Bibliography Index