Napoleon Bonaparte was a military and political leader and Emperor of the French from 1804 to 1814. He steered France through a time of intense internal and external conflict and took part in decisive military engagements such as the Battle of Austerlitz. Besides his military campaigns throughout Europe, he also established civil institutions which exist in France to this day, such as the Bank of France. In just 50 minutes, you will find out how he was able to assume leadership of France and learn about his lasting legacy.
This straightforward and informative book provides a thorough discussion of the key moments in Bonaparte’s illustrious political career, including his coup d’état on 9 November 1799, his implementation of the Napoleonic Code, which is still in force today, and his impressive military conquests. It also features a full biography, a valuable introduction to the political, social and economic context and an evaluation of the impact of his time as Emperor, giving you all the essential information about this celebrated French ruler.
About Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon Bonaparte was born Napoleone di Buonaparte in Corsica on 15 August 1769. He originally wanted to be a writer, and wrote several books throughout his life, but his true calling was as one of the most significant leaders in French history. He became a general during the Revolution at the age of 26, the head of the government at 30 and Emperor at 35. He put an end to years of anarchy and division and established the civil institutions which are still significant in 21st-century France.
This clear and accessible 59-page book is structured as follows:
- Introduction to Napoleon Bonaparte
- The life of Napoleon Bonaparte
- A childhood in Corsica
- His ascension
- The First Coalition (1792-1797)
- The First Republic (1792-1799)
- The situation in 1800
- France alone against the world
- Back to normal
- General Bonaparte
- The Consul
- Napoleon I, the Emperor
- Impact of Bonaparte’s rule
- Political legacy
- The Napoleonic legend
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