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Europe Under Napoleon 1799-1815 Hardcover – September 27, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0340662656 ISBN-10: 0340662654

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Education Publishers (September 27, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340662654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340662656
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,545,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"without a doubt a remarkable and indeed seminal work"--British Book Advertiseer

"a remarkable social and political history of the period"--British Book Advertiser

"For any serious student of the period this book is a must"--British Book Advertiser

"the best buy for a book on this period now available"--British Book Advertiser

"What emerges, then, is a picture which escapes many of the usual cliches for which there is simply no parallel elsewhere, it being hard to imagine a more stimulating and useful introduction to the subject...Broers" thesis being a powerful one."--English Historical Review

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Michael Broers, University of Leeds.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Albin TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
This relatively concise (about 250 pages) book is an unusually well written and insightful analysis of the Napoleonic Empire. Broers covers the period from Napoleon's ascension to power in 1799 to the fall of the Empire in a series of chronologically arranged but primarily analytical chapters. Each chapter provides the essential basic narrative but Broers' primary emphasis is on the nature of the Napoleonic Empire and the differing responses of the different regions incorporated into the Empire.

Broers' Napoleon is not the irrational force of romantic legend, or a brilliant general improvising as he went along. Napoleon here is presented primarily as the architect of a powerful French state, the inheritor of both the Terror and the type of enlightened despotism practiced by Frederick the Great and Joseph II. Napoleon's great achievement, in Broers' view, was to consolidate the centralizing reforms of the Revolution, producing a uniquely powerful French state whose most obvious manifestation was its army. In the conflicts that characterized the early years of the Empire, Napoleon was able to extend this state successfully with the creation of what Broers terms the inner Empire, the Low Countries, the Rhineland, and much of Northern Italy. These regions were administered very much as France was administered, with Napoleon extending the French administrative, legal, and religious reforms developed in France.

Broers is particularly on the differing responses of different regions conquered by the French, including parts of France where the Empire's rule was surprisingly less secure. Many parts of the inner Empire adapted well to French rule.
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I bought this book to learn more about the French occupation of Europe and this book did not disappoint. The entire empire is covered including some of the lessor known areas such as the Illyrian Provinces. Napoleon's new set of governments, economic policy, conscription, and others are talked about in great detail. The author does an excellent job supporting his theory that the Napoleonic empire was not nationalistic in nature and clearly favored France. The core of the Empire was France herself, but not everyone in France was supportive of Napoleon. Some areas of the outer empire for instance were more supportive than regions of France. Broers does a great job making this argument and the reasons why. Napoleon's economic policy nearly bankrupt the outer empire and he explains why. Finally when the empire fell he explains the reason as anti-French rather than nationalistic support to overthrow him. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn more about the inner workings of the Empire.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stefan 1a1 on February 14, 2014
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I did like his style as well as his presentation and analysis. He covers all political and philosophical aspects of "Napoleon-ism" in France and the European occupied countries. He touches the subject of the Napoleonic wars and occupation's economic consequences, but... he does not get into the numbers or description of the various war crimes committed in Germany, Italy and Spain. He ignores the issue as a possible consequence of local resistance. If the International Court on War Crimes and Genocide existed at that time, Napoleon would have been sentenced to life in prison together with his generals and marshals.
The Italians from the Lombardy region still talk today about the Pavia massacre executed by French.
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