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NAPOLEON I , Correspondance générale de Napoléon Bonaparte : Tome 5, Boulogne, Trafalgar, Austerlitz 1805 (in French)

Description: Volume five of the Correspondance générale de Napoléon Bonaparte, published by the Fondation Napoléon and Editions Fayard contains 1764 annotated letters and a preface by Martine de Boisdeffre, Directrice des Archives de France. It was edited by Michel Kerautret and Gabriel Madec, with the assistance of François Houdecek, Elodie Lerner and Irène Delage, and includes six detailed studies, nine maps, a timeline and three indexes. Unlike previous volumes, volume five is concerned with just one year: 1805. This particularly busy year covers the camps at Boulogne, the battle of Trafalgar and the French victory at Austerlitz.
The Fondation Napoléon has been supported in this historic and exceptional venture by the Archives de France, the Fondation La Poste and more than one hundred volunteers.
Preface by Martine de Boisdeffre
Publishing committee for the Correspondence of Napoleon
Introduction by Michel Kerautret and Gabriel Madec
Principles of publication by François Houdecek and Emilie Barthet
The General Correspondence of Napoleon Bonaparte for 1805 (1764 letters)
Letters without text
-"La politique italienne de Napoléon en 1805" by Alain Pillepich
-"Essai de typologie des documents d'archives produits par le Cabinet de Napoléon et sa Secrétairerie d'Etat" by Jean-Bapiste Auzel
-"Claude-François Méneval, secrétaire de Napoléon" by Marc Allégret
-"Le camp de Boulogne" by Fernand Beaucour
-"La Grande Armée de 1805" by Gabriel Madec
-"Stratégie maritime de Napoléon en 1805" by Admiral Rémi Monaque
-Republican/Gregorian calendars conversion table
-Measures and currencies
Timeline (1805) by Irène Delage
Publishing committee for the Correspondence of Napoleon (suite)
Manuscript and bibliographical sources (Volume 5)
Index of names
Index of destination institutions, entities and authorities
Index of places of composition

Click here for the introduction by Michel Kerautret and Gabriel Madec.
Click here for a commentary and sample letter by Michel Kerautret.
Click here for François Houdecek's project update.
Click here for the project statistics.

Place and publisher: Paris: Fondation Napoléon/Fayard

Date of publication: 2008

Number of pages: 1152

This week’s book(s):

Description: First published by George Philip in 1987, this book is published in 2015 with new material as part of the introduction.
From the publisher's:
"This book offers a fresh view of the most famous man in history. It shows him as a monarch rather than a genius on the battlefield. Although Napoleon arose through the events of the Revolution, he was primarily interested in establishing a dynasty to rank with the Bourbons or the Habsburgs, and in extending his influence throughout Europe.
Philip Mansel's book shows the ruthlessness with which Napoleon sought to achieve these ends. His creation of a court was a calculated act, to enhance his power and prestige. His policy of territorial expansionism was pursued with an arrogance and inhumanity which turned all Europe against him. His brothers and sisters were given thrones and courts in Italy, Spain, Holland and Westphalia, where they alienated most of their subjects.
This account is based on the hitherto unpublished papers of several of Napoleon's courtiers. This contemporary material provides fascinating insights into the careers and characters of those closest to the Emperor, including Duroc, the Emperor's only friend, his second wife, the Empress Marie Louise, Fontaine, his architect, who helped spread the Empire style throughout Europe, and his brother Joseph, one of the few people who had the courage to tell Napoleon when he was wrong.
The Eagle in Splendour shows that personal genius is not enough to establish a monarchy. The heart of the Napoleonic court was a void, because the Emperor was not loved and his regime lacked credibility. The Emperor's domination of Europe was an illusion, killed, like so many of his soldiers, in the Russian snow. As Malraux said to De Gaulle, Napoleon had ‘a very great mind and a rather small soul'."

Place and publisher: London, I.B.Tauris

Date of publication: 2015

Number of pages: 256

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