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the study of and interest in the history of the First and Second Empires,
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Fondation Napoléon Publications

As part of its mission to bring works of quality on the two Empires to a wider audience, the Fondation Napoléon publishes works in its la Bibliothèque Napoléon series.

For further information about the works published and the Fondation Napoléon’s editorial programme, please contact Thierry Lentz, director of the Fondation Napoléon, 148 bld Haussmann, 75008 Paris, +33 1 56 43 46 00 or lentz(at)napoleon(dot)org.

As of 2 July 2012, the Fondation Napoléon will be located in its new offices at:

7 rue Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
75005 Paris

The Fondation Napoléon has published a great number of books in French on the period of the two Napoleons. For a complete listing of these works, please refer to "Editions de la Fondation Napoléon" page in the French section of this website.

 The Proclamation of Empire: source texts

La Proclamation de l’Empire (The proclamation of Empire) makes available previously unpublished documents concerning the parliamentary debate which preceded the proclamation of the First Empire by the Senate, 18 May, 1804. From Curée’s motion to the final sénatus-consulte, and passing via Carnot’s speech opposing the motion and about forty or more other texts, this collection of source texts is perfectly designed for those wishing to get to the bottom of the proclamation, which is not simply a question of the coronation, as is well known. Biographies of the main players and a bibliography complete this first volume in the theme, Sources.

La Proclamation de l'Empire, 320 p., 34 euros, 223 fr. (in French)

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 On the Question of Napoleon’s “poisoning”

Autour de “l'empoisonnement” de Napoléon (On the question of Napoleon’s “poisoning”') is a collection of four previously unpublished and important texts on this complex subject. Doctor Jean-François Lemaire, of the Institut Napoléon, tells “the history of the affair”, doctors Paul Fornès and Pascal Kintz (those who participated in the press conference, organised by Ben Weider, in June 2001) publish the texts of their conclusions and reply to certain complementary questions. Thierry Lentz considers the methods used up to now by those who support the poisoning theory.

Jean-François Lemaire, Paul Fornès, Pascal Kintz, Thierry Lentz: Autour de “l'empoisonnement” de Napoléon, preface by Jean Tulard, 140 p., 19 euros, 124,60 fr. (In French)

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 AA.VV: A study book on the Napoleonic Conseil d’Etat

In 2000, the Conseil d’Etat and the Fondation Napoléon formed a joint project to celebrate the bi-centenary of the creation of the Conseil d'Etat by the Constitution of 22 Frimaire, An VIII. This work presents the archives du Conseil d'Etat, the difficulties of research on the Conseil, and the correspondance of Napoleon I with Bigot de Préameneu, Ministre des Cultes from 1808 on, as well as some charming sketches of his colleagues made by the auditeur Frédéric Christophe Houdetot. This book (in French) comprises many illustrations and was published on the occasion of the opening of the site containing these three resources,

Paris: Fondation Napoléon, 2000, 159 p., 180 Francs - 27,44 Euros

 Iradj Amini: Napoléon et la Perse

In 1796, the Directory decided to re-launch Franco-Persian relations suspended since the Regency. In the aftermath of the Egyptian expedition, Napoleon in keeping with the oriental ambitions of the First Consul, decided to make a treaty with Persia in 1807. The complex nature of Anglo-Russian and Franco-Russian alliances made the position of the French diplomats in Persia completely untenable. Furthermore, Napoleon's attention was drawn ever increasingly towards the theatre of operations in central Europe, abandoning his oriental dream: from 1809 on, Britain was to remain the unique powering the region.
These years of complex diplomacy have been studied using original, Persian, French and English documents.
Iradj Amini, born in 1935 in Teheran, has studied political sciences, sociology and international relations at Washington, Teheran and Oxford.

Paris: Fondation Napoléon, 1995, 254 p., 135 Francs - 20,58 Euros

 Barry E. O'Meara: Journal. Napoléon dans l'exil

O'Meara was the first doctor to accompany Napoléon to Saint Helena. An Irishman, he gradually began to side with the Napoleon and the French who accompanied him into exile; so much so that he was recalled to Britain by the British government 1818. His journal, which carefully records the opinions and acts to which he was witness, is one of the key sources for Napoleon's first years on Saint Helena.

Paris: Fondation Napoléon, 1993. Tome 1 : 7 August 1815 - 20 April 1817 (477 p.) ; Tome 2 : 21 April 1817 - 25 July 1818 (454 p.)



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