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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (14 Jan. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582354579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582354579
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This famous series examines key themes in British, European and World history in short, succinct volumes. The text is supported by primary material in a Documents section, a full bibliography and an index; where appropriate there are maps, chronologies and glossaries. All the books in the series are written by experts in the field who are not only familiar with the latest research but have often contributed to it. Works of scholarship in their own right, the books also provide a survey of current historical interpretations. Longman has now inaugurated a major programme of renewal and expansion for Seminar Studies, with many new titles and new editions in the pipeline. Existing books are being re-presented in a larger, more reader-friendly format as they reprint; and new books and new editions are being reset into an entirely new page design.
This popular Seminar Study assesses the extraordinary career of Napoleon Bonaparte, the Corsican general who rose to power in the wake of the French Revolution and whose armies were to change the face of mainland Europe. By 1810 Napoleon s empire stretched from the Adriatic to the Baltic and yet, by 1815 he was in exile, imprisoned by the British on St Helena, a rocky outcrop in the middle of the Atlantic. This book provides readers with a succinct introduction to, and overview of, Napoleon s impact on France and Europe. It examines his contribution to the crucial changes in warfare during this period, and considers the reasons for the ultimate defeat of Napoleon s armies and the collapse of his empire.
David Wright begins his study by tracing Napoleon s roots in Corsica and, most importantly, his training at the Ecole Militaire in Paris, one of the elite institutions of the ancien régime. In 1793 Napoleon displayed his military genius by recapturing Toulon for the revolutionary government. As a consequence he was rapidly promoted, and in 1796, at the age of twenty-six, was given command of the Army of Italy. This was the beginning of an astonishing career that was to culminate in the creation of a Napoleonic empire that covered virtually the whole of Europe. David Wright analyses the main stages of this transformation and considers whether Napoleon was merely an unprincipled opportunist or a true devotee of the Revolution.
The book concludes with an investigation of the Napoleonic legend and the historical controversies which surround it. The main text is supported by a chronology of the main events, and a fascinating selection of documents, including Napoleon s private letters to his wife, Josephine, the memoirs of his colleagues, official correspondence and police reports.
D.G.Wright was Reader in History at Huddersfield Polytechnic (now the University of Huddersfield) before his retirement.
Cover- Emile Jean Horace Vernet- The Battle of Friedland, June 1807, Won by Napoleon, Ch®teau de Versailles. Reproduced courtesy of Giraudon/Bridgeman Art Library.

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I bought this book following a recommendation from my teacher; I study A-Level history and decided to buy this to help me with my studies.

The book is what it claims to be - a brief seminar study with a great range of information included within a 100 pages or so. As written by other reviewers, some events are not focused on and someone aiming to begin a study of the French Revolution or Napoleon himself might not find this book very informative. While a great variety of dates, events and battles is given, some prior knowledge of them is required to understand their significance. However, having read this in less than a week (and I am not a quick reader) it forms to be a perfect study guide, something you can read a few times before your exam and have that extra knowledge boost which might turn out to be critical.

I fully recommend this great book.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jollyhohnson on 15 Jun. 2010
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I was looking for a book that would give me the general information and context about Napoleon without being too detailed. In that respect this book was quite useful. It was very brief, sometimes too much so, and did not go into any great detail. It gave me the general information I needed but covered vast periods of time so quickly it was sometimes hard to follow and some areas needed more detail. For an introduction to Napoleon this book could be quite useful, but if the information you're after is more specific I would look elsewhere.
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