History of the two Empires

Whether you're a fan or a specialist, a young historian or just landed here by accident, this site offers a detailed account of the history of the two great French Empires. There are timelines, bibliographies and articles, there are "focus on" files and commentaries on Napoleonic imagery, and there are pages bringing you the basic info as well as a wealth of more detailed documentation. It's a Napoleonic one-stop shop!

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Prokofiev’s War and Peace
Using a libretto based on Tolstoy’s great novel set during the Napoleonic Wars when 500,000 French troops invaded Russia, Prokofiev…

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