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PublicationEngineering the Revolution: Arms and Enlightenment in France, 1763-1815
Reviewed by Alan Forrest of the University of York (UK) in the British periodical French History, vol. 12, no. 3, Sept. 1998.
PublicationSpectacular Politics: Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte and the Fête Impériale, 1849-1870
Reviewed by John Merriman of Yale University (USA) in the British periodical French History, vol. 12, no. 3, Sept. 1998.
The arrival of an important prisoner forever changes the lives of the residents of the island of St. Helena. Napoleon, after his defeat at Waterloo, came to live in the family house of a young English girl on the island, and this novel for children gives a view of the great man, his life and […]
PublicationL’Histoire, n° 214
Some periods in the life of the Prince impérial His childhood, his place within Imperial propaganda, the fall of the Third Empire, the exile in England, and the departure for, and death in, South Africa.
PublicationHistoria, n° 610
Vivant Denon: a soldier/painter in the land of the Pharaohs Vivant Denon followed Bonapart on the Egyptian campaign and brought back some exceptional documents which sparked off a craze on all things Egyptian, known as ‘egyptomanie’. It was during this campaign that the Rosetta Stone was found by the French – it was not however […]
PublicationFrench Railways of the XIXth century: Histoire des chemins de fer en France. Tome 1: 1740-1883
Railways, the product of the development of roads and canals in the XVIIIth century and the industrial revolution, were adopted by the French in the 1840's, with the large railway companies being founded in the 1850's. The driving spirit of liberalism of the Second Empire was broken on the wheel of the IIIrd Republic, as […]
PublicationCitoyens Officiers de Napoléon Derval – Trusty companions of Napoleon Ist
A book which tells the story of the military careers of a handful of officers; humble citizens ennobled by the great epic of the history of the First Empire.
PublicationJonathan Keates’ Stendhal
The New York Times recommends to put on your list of summer reading, ‘ Stendhal “A fine life of the novelist who participated so passionately in the Napoleonic drama, which he both conveyed and deflated in The Red and the Black and The Charterhouse of Parma.” The New York Times on the Web, June 1, […]
PublicationBlood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War
“The Napoleonic Wars, which bore along with them the rationalist spirit of the French Revolution, inspired the Prussian officer Carl von Clausewitz to propose that war itself is an entirely rational undertaking, unsullied by human emotion,” is the provocative beginning of this exploration of a very large subject.
PublicationNapoleon and History Painting: Antoine-Jean Gross La Bataille d’Eylau
Professor Prendergast’s study begins with an itinerary of Napoleonic places, both modest and monumental in Paris and its environs. Thats very nice. It then launches into a sometimes deeply theoretical analysis of style. The jacket summary states as the main argument that under Napoleon, French history painting and especially battle painting, encountered a series of […]