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NAPOLEON I , Correspondance générale de Napoléon Bonaparte : Tome 6, 1806 - Vers le Grand Empire (in French)

<i>© Fayard 2009</i>

© Fayard 2009

Description: The sixth volume of the General Correspondence of Napoleon Bonaparte covers the entirety of 1806, bringing together some 2,679 letters (the Second Empire publication contained just 1,896), commentaries from period specialist historians, and a preface from Jean-Claude Casanova.
1806 is a particularly rich year in terms of events. The Confederation of the Rhine was created, whilst, on the other hand, the Holy Roman Empire ceased to exist. Francis II became Francis I, nothing more than Austrian Emperor and bringing to an end a Reich that had lasted nearly a thousand years. The end of the year was marked by a new military campaign, which saw French troops enter Berlin on 27 October. With the Russians lending the Prussians their assistance, hostilities were resumed on Polish soil, and Napoleon entered Warsaw on 19 December. 1806 was also the year of the Continental Blockade decrees, the end of the Republican calendar, the establishment of the St. Napoleon (15 August), the beginning of the building of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and the birth of Napoleon's first son, Charles Léon, product of his liaison with Eléonore de la Plaigne.
As per the previous volumes, this collection of letters comes complete with two studies, eight maps, 6 letter reproductions, a detailed timeline and three indexes, making it an immensely useful research tool.
The Fondation Napoléon is supported in this historical project by the Archives de France, the Fondation La Poste and more than one hundred volunteer collaborators.
Introduction by Michel Kerautret, volume editor, specialist in German history, which is available online (French original or English translation).
- La campagne de Saxe, Iena-Auerstaedt, by General Delmas
- Le dépôt de la Guerre sous le Consulat et l'Empire. De la conservation à la documentation, by Michel Roucaud
- Le statut de la Maison impériale du 30 mars 1806, by Thierry Lentz
- Les souverains allemands en 1806, by Michel Kerautret
- Detailed timeline, by Irène Delage
- Table of measures and currencies
- "Rezess" Germany, 1803
- The Confederation of the Rhine, 1806
- The Kingdom of Naples, 1806
- The Jena manoeuvre (2-13 October, 1806)
- The Battles of Jena - Auerstaedt (14 October, 9am)
- The Battles of Jena - Auerstaedt (14 October, 2pm)
- The pursuit of the Prussians after Jena and Auerstaedt (October-November, 1806)
- The Polish Campaign (1806-1807)
Click here for further details on the General Correspondence project.
Also available online is a letter from Napoleon to Maréchal Berthier with commentary from Michel Kerautret (French original or English translation), and a project update from François Houdecek (French original or English translation). 
This volume (as well as the previous five) can be purchased through, or, all of which offer overseas European delivery. and also offer worldwide delivery.

Place and publisher: Paris: Fayard

Date of publication: 2009

Number of pages: 1488

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Description: From the publishers:
"Wellington's momentous victory over Napoleon was the culminating point of a brilliant military career. Yet Wellington's achievements were far from over: he commanded the allied army of occupation in France to the end of 1818, returned home to a seat in Lord Liverpool's cabinet, and became prime minister in 1828. He later served as a senior minister in Peel's government and remained Commander-in-Chief of the Army for a decade until his death in 1852.
In this richly detailed work, the second and concluding volume of Rory Muir's definitive biography, the author offers a substantial reassessment of Wellington's significance as a politician and a nuanced view of the private man behind the legend of the selfless hero. Muir presents new insights into Wellington's determination to keep peace at home and abroad, achieved by maintaining good relations with the Continental powers and resisting radical agitation while granting political equality to the Catholics in Ireland rather than risk civil war. And countering one-dimensional pictures of Wellington as a national hero, Muir paints a portrait of a well-rounded man whose austere demeanor on the public stage belied his entertaining, gossipy, generous, and unpretentious private self.
Rory Muir is visiting research fellow, School of History and Politics, University of Adelaide. He is the author of several previous books related to Wellington's career, including the first volume of this two-volume set, Wellington: The Path to Victory, 1769–1814. He lives in Australia".
The accompanying Commentary of Rory Muir's two-volume biography of Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington has been made available by Yale University Press to read online or as a free download on the website of the biography here. The Commentary, originally written by Rory Muir for his own use, is the extended text from the first volume of Rory Muir's definitive biography, Wellington: The Path to Victory, 1769-1814.

Place and publisher: Newhaven and London, Yale University Press

Date of publication: 2015

Number of pages: 728

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