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Napoleonic Era

Period associated with the time of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821). In 1799, with the aid of his brother Lucian Bonaparte and Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès, he overthrew the Directory and installed... read more

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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....

Glenda Sluga explains the influence of a remarkable group of women as Europe’s elite gathered in Vienna in 1814.

Volume: 64 Issue: 9 2014

Stella Ghervas examines the Great Powers’ attempt to create a new European order following the defeat of Napoleon.

Volume: 64 Issue: 9 2014

Two hundred years ago this month, at the end of the Napoleonic Wars, Britain acquired the tiny island of Heligoland in the North Sea. Ashley Cooper and Stephen Cooper describe how, as the European rivalries shifted in the 19th century, it came to be used as a bargaining chip with Germany.

Volume: 64 Issue: 1 2014

As the dispute continues between Spain and Britain over the jurisdiction of the waters around Gibraltar, Ben Wilson explains the Rock’s role in British history since its acquisition in 1713.

Volume: 63 Issue: 10 2013

Reaction to the death of André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry far exceeded the fame of the Belgian-born composer during his lifetime. The cult-like status he achieved beyond the grave reflects the power of music in turbulent times and reveals new attitudes to mourning, says James Arnold.  

Volume: 63 Issue: 9 2013

Following his disastrous Russian campaign, the emperor of France needed money quickly. The desperate measures he took are revealed by Noelle Plack.

Volume: 63 Issue: 3 2013

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.

Volume: 63 Issue: 11 2013

As the 200th anniversary of the battle approaches, John Bew and Mungo Melvin argue that we should take greater account of Waterloo’s aftermath.

Volume: 63 Issue: 9 2013

Jonathan Downs reports on the fire last December that caused extensive damage to one of Egypt’s most important collections of historical manuscripts.

Volume: 62 Issue: 3 2012

Gemma Betros asks what kind of person Napoleon really was.

Issue: 72 2012

During the Napoleonic Wars Britain occupied the strategically important island of Sicily. Most of its inhabitants, tired of long-distance Bourbon rule, welcomed the arrangement, but their monarch did not, as Graham Darby explains.

Volume: 62 Issue: 7 2012

Few figures in British political history have endured such lingering hostility as the statesman who did so much to forge Europe’s post-Napoleonic settlement, says John Bew.

Volume: 61 Issue: 11 2011

Richard Challoner unearths a letter, written in support of a widow and her children, which is revealing of a humanitarian aspect of Lord Nelson.

Volume: 61 Issue: 12 2011

Richard Cavendish describes the Battle of Albuera, on May 16th, 1811.

Volume: 61 Issue: 5 2011

Wellington’s victories over the forces of Napoleon were critical to Britain’s ascendancy to superpower status. Peter Snow wonders why such a thrilling period of history is too often neglected.

Volume: 60 Issue: 12 2010

Mark Bryant admires a Russian artist whose lampoons of Napoleon inspired some notable British caricaturists.

Volume: 60 Issue: 1 2010

When Napoleon surrendered himself to a British naval captain after his defeat at Waterloo, the victors were faced with a judicial headache. Norman MacKenzie asks: was St Helena Britain’s Guantanamo Bay?

Volume: 60 Issue: 5 2010

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

Issue: 65 2009

December 14th, 1809

Volume: 59 Issue: 12 2009

Mark Bryant looks at the lampooning of two hugely unpopular measures imposed during the administrations of two of the United States’ most distinguished presidents.

Volume: 59 Issue: 6 2009

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.

Volume: 57 Issue: 7 2007

Matthew MacLachlan asks how far Napoleon defeated himself.

Issue: 59 2007

The British bombed the Danish capital for a second time, on September 2nd, 1807.

Volume: 57 Issue: 9 2007

Graham Goodlad assesses the success of British governments in responding to the demands of war, from the French Revolutionary conflict to the 1914-18 struggle.

Issue: 54 2006

Cartoon historian Mark Bryant looks at the work of the man who invented the art of political cartooning, and asks what effect his drawings had on one of their targets.

Volume: 56 Issue: 8 2006

Michael Broers argues that the influence of Napoleon’s Empire was out of all proportion to its duration.

Issue: 55 2006

Charles Stephenson introduces a plan for chemical warfare in the Napoleonic navy, devised by Thomas Cochrane, Lord Dundonald, the model for Patrick O’Brien’s Jack Aubrey.

Volume: 56 Issue: 11 2006

The Holy Roman Empire had survived over a thousand years, when it was finally destroyed by Napoleon and the French in 1806.

Volume: 56 Issue: 7 2006

Following our article in November about Thomas Cochrane’s plans for chemical warfare, Richard Dale, author of a new book on Cochrane, reveals how the maverick naval hero was disgraced over his association with a stock market scandal.

Volume: 57 Issue: 1 2006

The greatest battle of Napoleon’s career took place two hundred years ago, on December 2nd, 1805. Although it is often called the Battle of the Three Emperors, Michael Adams sees it as a very personal clash between two men struggling for the mastery of Europe.

Volume: 55 Issue: 12 2005

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