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BOUDON Jacques-Olivier, Napoléon et la campagne de France 1814

From the publishers:
As a result of an astonishing series of victories (Champaubert, Montmirail, Monterau or Craonne…), Napoleon was able to place the French Campaign at the heart of the legend of his life. Indeed, he was not wrong to do so. Irrespective of the fact that it ends with the Emperor's abdication, it was just as spectacular a military action as the marvels performed in Italy, Austria and Prussia. Napoleon the warlord had lost none of his brilliance. He still managed to galvanize his men and to give his enemies the impression that he was leading countless troops. And yet, though he was never beaten in a decisive battle, the Emperor was nevertheless forced to abdicate, once Paris had been taken and his close friends had abandoned him. The French Campaign thus marks the end of the Empire. France was tired of ten years of war and fifteen years of authoritarianism. Napoleon's charisma was no longer enough to draw crowds along behind him. And also, for the first time, the French people were experiencing at first hand the consequences of war, notably the violence and the occupation of French soil by the enemy troops – they began to dream of peace. The French Campaign was the last episode in the confrontation between Europeans and Revolutionary France, and it was to seal the fate of Europe for the next century.
Jacques-Olivier Boudon, Professor at the University of Paris-Sorbonne and President of the Institut Napoléon, has published around thirty works on the Napoleonic world, including Napoléon et la campagne de Russie, 1812.
1. L'Europe et la France à la veille du conflit
2. L'invasion du territoire
3. L'entrée en campagne
4. Napoléon contre Blücher
5. L'échec des pourparlers de paix
6. Les fronts périphériques
7. La dernière campagne d'Italie
8. Une guerre en hiver
9. Les Français face à la guerre
10. Les derniers feux de Napoléon
11. Le réveil des monarchistes
12. La chute de l'Empire

Place and publisher: Paris: Armand Colin

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 368

This week’s book(s):

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“Fouché, of course, was not a nobody. Fouché from Nantes, the penniless bourgeois, the small, cassock-wearing professor of the Collèges de l'Oratoire; Fouché the assembly member, the king-killer, the proconsul of Nevers and Moulins, the gunner of Lyon, the destroyer of Robespierre, Napoléon's nightmare, the minister of all the regimes, the inventor of the modern police force, the builder of the State, the theoretician and the man of action, the adventurer, the conspirator and the upstart. Undoubtedly one of the most powerful men of his age, undoubtedly one of the most interesting. There are few men who invent new rules before the end of the game. Fouché was one of them.”
In Fouché. Les silences de la pieuvre, Emmanuel de Waresquiel digs into every corner of the life of a man as secretive as he was contradictory. With the help of an enormous collection of archives – many of which are unedited – Waresquiel paints a brilliant portrait of an incredible character who has long been misunderstood and poorly served by his bad reputation. In doing so, he gives us a timely and topical Fouché as you've never seen him before.

(translated by F. Whitlum-Cooper)

Place and publisher: Paris: Tallandier

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 882

From the publishers:
"...More has probably been written about the Waterloo campaign than almost any other in history. It was the climax of the Napoleonic Wars and forms a watershed in both European and world history. However, the lethal combination of national bias, wilful distortion and simple error has unfortunately led to the constantly regurgitated traditional 'accepted' version being significantly wrong regarding many episodes in the campaign. Oft-repeated claims have morphed into established fact and, with the bicentenary of this famous battle soon to be commemorated, it is high time that these are challenged and finally dismissed.
Gareth Glover has spent a decade uncovering hundreds of previously unpublished eyewitness accounts of the battle and campaign, which have highlighted many of these myths and errors. In this ground-breaking history, based on extensive primary research of all the nations involved, he provides a readable and beautifully balanced account of the entire campaign while challenging these distorted claims and myths, and he provides clear evidence to back his version of events. His thoughtful reassessment of this decisive episode in world history will be stimulating reading for those already familiar with the Napoleonic period and it will form a fascinating introduction for readers who are discovering this extraordinary event for the first time..."

Place and publisher: Barnsley: Pen & Sword Books

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 256

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