Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power

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Yale University Press, Nov 26, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 799 pages
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In this second volume of Philip Dwyer’s authoritative biography on one of history’s most enthralling leaders, Napoleon, now 30, takes his position as head of the French state after the 1799 coup. Dwyer explores the young leader’s reign, complete with mistakes, wrong turns, and pitfalls, and reveals the great lengths to which Napoleon goes in the effort to fashion his image as legitimate and patriarchal ruler of the new nation. Concealing his defeats, exaggerating his victories, never hesitating to blame others for his own failings, Napoleon is ruthless in his ambition for power.div /DIVdivFollowing Napoleon from Paris to his successful campaigns in Italy and Austria, to the disastrous invasion of Russia, and finally to the war against the Sixth Coalition that would end his reign in Europe, the book looks not only at these events but at the character of the man behind them. Dwyer reveals Napoleon’s darker sides—his brooding obsessions and propensity for violence—as well as his passionate nature: his loves, his ability to inspire, and his capacity for realizing his visionary ideas. In an insightful analysis of Napoleon as one of the first truly modern politicians, the author discusses how the persuasive and forward-thinking leader skillfully fashioned the image of himself that persists in legends that surround him to this day./DIV
  

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Contents

The Invention of a Saviour
3
3
41
Blood Must Flow
59
Bonapartes Paris
74
The Return of the Emigrés
79
EMPIRE 18021804
94
Citizen Emperor
161
CONQUEST 18051807 10 The Rage of Conquest and Ambition
185
19
387
Destiny Forsaken
406
21
431
The Deliverance of Europe
453
The Naked Emperor
475
Sovereign of Elba
499
43
506
4
521

The Grand Empire
211
Zenith
238
The Devils Business
258
CRUCIBLE 18081811 14 The Desolate Father
281
The Tide Turns
304
Bourgeois Emperor Universal Emperor
326
17
350
The Second Polish
369
63
528
A Parody of Empire
538
Epilogue
556
Notes
565
Bibliography
705
Acknowledgements
775
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Philip Dwyer is director of the Centre for the History of Violence at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is a leading scholar of Napoleonic Europe. He lives in Australia.

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