By Georges Lefebvre
With a brand new advent by means of Andrew Roberts.
'A penetrating interpretation...No one with a significant curiosity within the Napoleonic interval can find the money for to disregard it. ' - Times Literary Supplement
Whether considered as an encouraged chief or obsessed tyrant, Napoleon has divided opinion for over two hundred years. Few contributors have left this type of mark on historical past. Georges Lefebvre's vintage paintings, released in Routledge Classics in a single paperback quantity in English for the 1st time, is a definitive portrait of the Napoleonic era.
Lefebvre’s historical past sweeps us from the lightning coup d’état of 18 Brumaire in 1799 to his ultimate downfall amidst the wheatfields of Waterloo. greater than a biography, it's a really good survey of the turbulent age Napoleon inaugurated in his try to redraw the map of Europe, from the Peninsular struggle to the invasion of Russia. the forged comprises his antagonists – Pitt the more youthful, Wellington, Metternich and Tsar Alexander – and his allies – the wily Minister of Police Fouché and Talleyrand, the ‘Prince of Diplomats’. Lefebvre’s account is both clear-eyed approximately Napoleon’s genius and his flaws. Napoleon’s decision to emulate Caesar and Augustus condemned Europe to greater than a decade of conflict and financial drawback, yet he additionally outfitted an empire, introducing academic, administrative and fiscal tasks which are nonetheless in position today.
Georges Lefebvre (1877-1959) one of many preferable historians of the 20th Century and referred to as the ‘historian’s historian’, he held the chair of the French Revolution on the Sorbonne . His The French Revolution can be to be had in Routledge Classics.