Nouvelle histoire du Premier Empire, volume II: L'effondrement du système napoléonien (1810-1814) (in French)
Description: The second volume of Thierry Lentz's Nouvelle Histoire du Premier Empire series, L'effondrement du système napoléonien begins in 1810 at a point when the Empire seemed undefeatable. However, this period was to see French domination careen inescapably towards destruction as it strove to hold together a rapidly disintegrating empire.
The Nouvelle Histoire series
I Napoléon et la conquête de l'Europe (1804-1810)
II L'effondrement du système napoléonien (1810-1815)
III La France et l'Europe de Napoléon (1804-1814)
IV Les Cent-Jours (1815)
The Nouvelle Histoire series follows Le Grand Consulat, a study of the Consulate period, published by Fayard in 1999. Thierry Lentz was awarded the 1997 Fondation Napoléon history prize for a work on the First Empire.
Place and publisher: Paris: Fayard
Date of publication: 2004
Number of pages: 681
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Description: Mike Holgate is a writer, musician and librarian at Torquay Library, resident of Torquay where the ship Belleruphon was anchored for a few days in July 1815. He has used contemporary sources, allowing the reader to relive the excitement that buzzed in and around the bay of Plymouth Sound on the South Devon coast of England, where Britain's most famous ever asylum seeker waited for an answer to his request to the Prince Regent to be able to settle in Britain following his abdication as Emperor of France, after the devastating defeat of his army at Waterloo. The book is rich with first-hand accounts of the sightings of the man that most Britons has feared and despised, and the effervescence of enthusiasm and admiration that this caused among many who saw him. The book is also illustrated by numerous contemporary drawings and illustrations, folk-songs and poems.
Place and publisher: London, Halsgrove
Date of publication: 2015
Number of pages: 128
Description: From the publishers:
"Published in the 200th Anniversary year of the Battle of Waterloo a witty look at how the French still think they won, by Stephen Clarke, author of 1000 Years of Annoying the French and A Year in the Merde.
In France, Waterloo is still an open wound. The French know they lost, but they can't believe it, and think they were robbed. Two centuries after the Battle of Waterloo -- June 18, 1815 -- the French believe that whoever rules the universe got it wrong when Napoleon had victory snatched from his grasp. They are suffering in very much the same way as the English about almost every World Cup defeat to Germany since 1966. The Prussian General Blücher, arriving at the last minute to save Wellington from imminent defeat, was clearly offside and his goal really shouldn't have been allowed. Behind all the serious historical analysis, it honestly is that simple.
How the French Really Won Waterloo re-examines Waterloo, and France's feelings about it. Napoleon is a national hero, he was a winner, not a loser -- mais bien sûr!"
Place and publisher: London, Century
Date of publication: 2015
Number of pages: 288
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