Napoleon. Trikolore und Kaiseradler über Rhein und Weser, catalogue of the exhibition in Wesel
From the publishers:
For many contemporaries, Napoleon was the catalyst for social and political change: he brought with him the French Revolution into French occupied states, in particular the Code Napoléon. The Left bank of the Rhine became a French state in 1801. And the French satellite states on the right bank integrated the Napoleonic novelties in their state systems, a modernisation which was particularly noteworthy in terms of the political and social changes. The aim of this exhibition catalogue is to recount the biography of Napoleon and his visits to the lower Rhine and Westphalia via the official iconography and propaganda of the period. The volume includes more than 500 colour illustrations and maps. Includes 30 essays in German.
About the author:
Veit Veltzke is a historian and director of the Preußen Museums NRW in Wesel.
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Place and publisher: Cologne, Weimar, Vienna: Böhlau
Date of publication: 2007
Number of pages: 580
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Description: From the Publishers: "From Samuel Johnson Prize shortlisted author David Crane, this book is about the Britain that fought the battle of Waterloo – from pauper to painter, poet to prince, soldier to civilian.
Midnight, Sunday, 17 June 1815. There was no town in England that had not sent its soldiers, hardly a household that was not holding its breath, not a family, as Byron put it, that would escape ‘havoc's tender mercies' at Waterloo, and yet at the same time life inevitably went on as normal.
As Wellington's rain-sodden army retreated for the final, decisive battle, men and women in England were still going to the theatre and science lectures, still working in the fields and the factories, still reading and writing books and sermons, still painting their pictures and sitting in front of Lord Elgin's marbles as if almost five thousand did not already lie dead. After ten hours of savage fighting, Waterloo would be littered with the bodies of something like 47,000 dead and wounded. Meanwhile, as the day unfolded, a whole nation, countryside and town, artisan and aristocrat, was brought together by war.
From Samuel Johnson Prize shortlisted author David Crane, Went the Day Well is a breathtaking portrait of Britain in those moments. Moving from England to the battle and back again this vivid, stunning freeze-frame of a country on the single most celebrated day in its modern history shows Crane's full range in tracing the endless, overlapping connections between people's lives. From private tragedies, disappointed political hopes, and public discontents to grandiloquent public celebrations and monuments, it answers Wellington's call as he rallied his troops to ‘Think what England is thinking of us now'. "
Review by Robert Fox in the Evening Standard.
The Iron Duke with flecks of rust: Wellington emerges as a lesser soldier than Napoleon, Review by Nigel Jones in the Spectator.
Place and publisher: William Collins
Date of publication: 2015
Number of pages: 384
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