By Georges Lefebvre
With a brand new creation through 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 2 hundred years. Few members have left this sort 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 heritage 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 superb survey of the turbulent age Napoleon inaugurated in his try and redraw the map of Europe, from the Peninsular warfare to the invasion of Russia. the solid contains 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 choice to emulate Caesar and Augustus condemned Europe to greater than a decade of battle and monetary obstacle, yet he additionally outfitted an empire, introducing academic, administrative and monetary projects which are nonetheless in position today.
Georges Lefebvre (1877-1959) one of many most well known 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 is usually to be had in Routledge Classics.