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PublicationWellington : A Personal History
A Personal History is a new work by the famous British historian on his heroic subject that includes a biography of the young Wellesley and a deeply knowledgeable and readable account of Wellington's habits. The small but important details of his life and how he conducted it give shape to this mythic figure,and in particular, his […]
PublicationNapoleon in Poetry – The Poet Dying:
Heine's Last Years in Paris is a posthumously published biography of Heinrich Heine that takes us into the last years of this German Romantic poet and into Paris between 1847 and 1856. Haussmann and the rise of Louis Napoleon figure in selections of his poetry, craftily and with humour. We are amazed by Heine's capacity […]
Publication– Stendhal Campagne de Russie 1812. Le Blanc, le Gris, et le Rouge.
Henry Beyle, Napoleon's messenger, passed from passionate enthousiasm for Napoleon to deep desillusion, only to meet his destiny as a writer amidst the cannons and the slaughter. Nicolas Boussard teaches philosophy at the University of Tours and is at present working on Stendhal's political philosophy.
PublicationItinéraire d’un général d’Empire. Jean Baptiste Milhaud (1766-1833).
Jean-Paul Delbert takes us on Milhaud's epic Napoleonic journey with all its deeds of valour and glory.
Publication– L’expédition d’Egypte
This work tells the story of the remarkable meeting between between a young generation of soldiers and the intellectuals marked by the revolution, as well as the story of one of the representative peoples of Islam.
Press reviewRussian military history
Mark Conrad has put online a selection of translations relating to Russian military history. Of particular interest to the Napoleonic enthusiast are: Historical notes on the Orenburg Cossack host On entering military service under Alexander I Don Cossack, Opolcheni, 1812 Crimean Tartar patriotism Lt Gen. Raevskii's report of the Battle of Borodino, and Markov's Horse […]
Press reviewArticles in French journals October 1997
Jean-Paul Laurens, official painter of IIIrd RepublicLaurens, very much the official painter to the IIIrd Republic, took certain episodes from the history of the First and Second Empires so as to defend and highlight republican values.L'Histoire, n° 214, octobre 1997, Pierre Vaisse, p.13-15Some periods in the life of the Prince impérial His childhood, his place […]
PublicationEurope under Napoleon 1799-1815
Reviewed by Mike Rapport of the University of Stirling (UK) in the British periodical French History, vol. 12, no. 3, Sept. 1998.
PublicationThe Collapse of Barings
The saga of Baring Brothers begins in the 18th century, reaching its first peak when the bankers financed a loan to the United States allowing it to purchase Louisiana from Napoleon, despite England being at war against France. They would become the most celebrated banking house in Europe as is witnessed in the verse of […]
PublicationNapoleon in Fiction – The Belly of Paris.
Originally published in 1873 and, until recently, difficult to find in translation, this is Zola's sad sad tale of a schoolteacher's ill-fated life during the Second Empire. Napoleon III's Paris is painted with the kind of colour that recalls Dickens' evocations of London. Zola's prose is brutally descriptive of his setting, which are the new markets […]