HICKS Peter, GUIMERÁ Agustín, The Napoleonic Empire and the New European Political Culture
Description: Napoleon was a breaker of worlds. He made and remade most of the European continent almost at will, for well over a decade. Much of our world was forged as a consequence of his actions. Ever since we have taken our revenge – whether as scholars, novelists, politicians or private citizens – by making, unmaking and remaking him. Napoleon: assassin or saviour of the Revolution? Hero or charlatan? Manager or despot? Warmonger or pacifist? These are the questions French and foreign historians have tried to answer over the last two centuries. In this collection of essays, a new generation of historians re-evaluate the Napoleonic era by focusing on the constitutional and institutional impact of this period on western European society.
Born out of a conference that took place in Madrid in 2008, this book not only contains contributions from the Fondation Napoléon's Thierry Lentz and Peter Hicks, but also respected experts in European history, such as Michael Broers, Howard Brown, Alan Forrest, Karen Hagemann, Anna Maria Rao, Annie Jourdan, Alex Grab and Michael Rowe.
Place and publisher: Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Date of publication: 2012
Number of pages: 352
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"There is no sacrifice, not even that of life, which I am not ready to make for the interests of France.” With those words, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated the throne of his French Empire on 11 April 1814. After the disastrous retreat of his Grande Armée from Russia with heavy losses and the invasion of France by Allied troops, his generals revolted and forced his abdication at Fontainebleau. Napoleon was sent into exile to the island of Elba, off the coast of Italy. It would be impossible for someone who had crowned himself emperor and dominated almost all of Europe for many years to accept such a sedate and quiet retirement at the age of just 45. The remarkable sequence of events that saw Napoleon escape from Elba, return triumphantly to Paris and finally meet his destiny at Waterloo were to become known as The Hundred Days — and that is where we pick up the trail in this title of the Let's Trail series. You can visit Elba or journey within France to Antibes, Grenoble and/or Paris. You may visit Belgium where you will the see the battlefield of Waterloo and relive these events all the time travelling in Napoleon's footsteps.
Place and publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Date of publication: 2014
Number of pages: 132
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In the centre of Mantua, a covered bridge stretches over the narrow Rio where vendors sell fish from pushcarts just as locals did more than two hundred years ago when Napoleon Bonaparte laid siege to the city. Four cannon balls protruding out of an adjacent wall offer a tacit monument to the sufferings of townspeople during the 1796–1797 siege, when the city, held by Austrian troops, finally fell under French control. Two years later, Mantua was again barraged, this time by a combined Austrian and Russian army, which took it back after four months. In Napoleon in Italy, Phillip R. Cuccia brings to light two understudied aspects of these trying periods in Mantua's history: siege warfare and the conditions it created inside the city.
Drawing on underutilized military records in Austrian, French, and Italian archives, Cuccia delves into these conflicts to integrate political and social issues with a campaign study. Unlike other military histories of the era, Napoleon in Italy brings to light the words of soldiers, leaders, and citizens who experienced the sieges firsthand. Cuccia also shows how the sieges had consequences long after they were over. The surrender and proposed court-martial of François-Philippe de Foissac-Latour, the French general in charge of Mantua in 1799, sheds new light on Napoleon's disdain for defeat. Foissac-Latour faced Napoleon's ire, expulsion from the army, and harsh public criticism.
Napoleon in Italy is not only the story of Mantua's strategic importance. Mantua also symbolized Napoleon's voracious determination to win and Austria's desperation to retain its possessions. By placing the sieges of Mantua in an eighteenth-century international context, Cuccia introduces readers to a broader understanding of siege warfare and of how the global impacts the local.
Phillip R. Cuccia is a U.S. Army Attaché in Rome. His article, "Controlling the Archives: The Requisition, Removal, and Return of the Vatican Archives during the Age of Napoleon", appeared in Napoleonica.La Revue in 2013.
Place and publisher: Norman: University of Oklahoma Press
Date of publication: 2014
Number of pages: 328
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