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Napoleon: A Concise Biography (Hardcover): David Bell
Napoleon: A Concise Biography (Hardcover): David Bell

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David Bell

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This book provides a concise, lively, up-to-date portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte's character and career, including his most important battles, while situating him firmly in historical context. David Bell emphasizes the astonishing sense of human possibility - for both good and ill - that Napoleon represented. By his late twenties, Napoleon was already one of the greatest generals in European history. At thirty, he had become absolute master of Europe's most powerful country. In his early forties, he ruled a European empire more powerful than any since Rome, fighting wars that changed the shape of the continent and brought death to millions. Then everything collapsed, leading him to spend his last years in miserable exile in the South Atlantic. Bell underlines the importance of the French Revolution of 1789 in understanding Napoleon's career. It was the Revolution that made possible the unprecedented concentration of political authority that Napoleon developed, as well as his unprecedented success in mobilizing human and material resources. The Revolution gave birth to the radically new, intense form of warfare that Napoleon later practiced. Without the political changes brought about by the Revolution, Napoleon could not have fought his wars. Without the wars, he could not have seized and held onto power. He did betray much of the Revolution's heritage of liberty and equality, and ruled as a virtual dictator. But his life and career were, nonetheless, revolutionary.


Imprint: Oxford UniversityPress
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2016
Authors: David Bell
Dimensions: 217 x 153 x 17mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 152
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-026271-6
Barcode: 9780190262716
Categories: Books > Humanities > History > European history > 1750 to 1900
Books > History > European history > 1750 to 1900
Books > Social sciences > Warfare & defence > War & defence operations > Battles & campaigns
Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > Historical, political & military
Books > Biography > Historical, political & military
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Military history
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Military history
Books > Humanities > History > World history > 1750 to 1900
Books > History > World history > 1750 to 1900
LSN: 0-19-026271-0

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