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Napoleon

Thomas Jone Barker, 'An Incident at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815'.

By Gary Sheffield

Gary Sheffield casts his eye over the latest publications.

By Philip Mansel

With his own elaborate imperial court, with his family ensconced on thrones across the continent, and with his overthrow of several historic republics, Napoleon brought Europe to a pinnacle of monarchism, argues Philip Mansel.

General Bonaparte during the coup d'état of 18 Brumaire in Saint-Cloud, painting by François Bouchot, 1840

By Michael Rapport

Michael Rapport describes the last days of the old Revolutionary regime and the circumstances leading to the young general’s triumph at the coup of 18-19 Brumaire.

Charge of the French Cuirassiers at Friedland (1807) - by Ernest Meissonier

By D.G. Chandler

D.G. Chandler offers his examination of Napoleonic strategy during the “golden years” of the First Empire.

By Robert Gildea

Robert Gildea examines the enduring and divisive debate surrounding the reputation of the French emperor who anticipated the best and the worst of the 20th century.

By Gemma Betros

Gemma Betros asks what kind of person Napoleon really was.

By Graham Goodlad

Graham Goodlad examines the controverisal reputation of Napoleon Bonaparte as a military commander.

By Matthew MacLachlan

Matthew MacLachlan asks how far Napoleon defeated himself.

By Jonathon Riley

Serving general and military historian Jonathon Riley uses his personal knowledge of command to assess Napoleon’s qualities as a strategist, operational commander and battlefield tactician.