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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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EDITOR'S CHOICE

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....

Laurent Joffrin looks at the paradoxes surrounding a man who has fascinated the French for two hundred years.

Volume: 55 Issue: 7 2005
Claire Warrior, of the National Maritime Museum, previews the themes of the exhibition opening on July 7th.
Volume: 55 Issue: 7 2005

David Welch looks at the way that public art was used in both France and Britain to celebrate Napoleon and Nelson as national heroes, during their lifetimes and after.

Volume: 55 Issue: 7 2005
Pamela Spencer draws attention to a new exhibition opening at the Wallace Collection.
Volume: 54 Issue: 6 2004
December 2nd, 1804
Volume: 54 Issue: 12 2004

Andrew Lambert explains why Nelson’s life and death should never be forgotten.

Volume: 54 Issue: 11 2004

Natalia Griffon de Pleineville remembers a career soldier in Napoleon's army who won distinctions for his energy and commitment over twenty years, but who made a decisive mistake in 1813.

Volume: 53 Issue: 4 2003

Roger Price examines the career of Louis-Napoleon, the nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, and his position in French historiography.

Issue: 45 2003

John Cookson asks what might have happened had Napoleon actually landed on British soil in 1803-5.

Volume: 53 Issue: 9 2003
Robert Knecht describes his quest to unravel a mystery originating in the French defeat in the Battle of the Nations.
Volume: 52 Issue: 4 2002

The treaty that temporarily ended hostilities between France and Britain during the Revolutionary Wars was signed on March 25th, 1802.

Volume: 52 Issue: 3 2002

Roman Golicz explores relations between Britain and France under Pam's 'liberal' foreign policy during the Second Empire.

Volume: 50 Issue: 12 2000

David Chandler tells how Napoleon’s first battle with the British saved the vital port of Toulon – and opened the door to a glittering military career.

Volume: 49 Issue: 6 1999

Napoleon Bonaparte took power in France on November 9th/10th 1799.

Volume: 49 Issue: 11 1999

Michael Broers describes Napoleon’s efficient police-state and shows how the system became a model for rulers throughout Europe.

Volume: 49 Issue: 5 1999

The battle between the British Navy and that of the French Republic took place on August 1st, 1798.

Volume: 48 Issue: 8 1998

Prince Louis Napoleon was forty when he won the election for the French presidency on December 10th, 1848.

Volume: 48 Issue: 12 1998

The Spirit of the Age or The Scourge of Nations? Jeremy Black sets the scene for our major series on the impact of Napoleon on Europe.

Volume: 48 Issue: 1 1998

How Napoleon laid up trouble for future generations of Frenchmen by kick-starting Prussian and German domination of Eastern Europe, by Tim Blanning.

Volume: 48 Issue: 4 1998

Poland is the only country in the world to invoke Napoleon in its national anthem. Andrzej Nieuwazny explains how Bonaparte has retained a hold over Polish imagination throughout the last two centuries.

Volume: 48 Issue: 5 1998

Bonaparte has sometimes been acclaimed as the greatest military commander in history. In our final article in this series, David Gates reviews his contribution to the art and science of warfare.

Volume: 48 Issue: 6 1998

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.

Volume: 48 Issue: 3 1998

A.D. Harvey looks at the enduring myth surrounding one of history’s ‘Great Men’, and how he dominated the nineteenth-century imagination outside France.

Volume: 48 Issue: 1 1998

Jeremy Black tells how the delicate system of international relations and ancien regime diplomacy was shattered by the Emperor’s arrogance and refusal to play by the rules.

Volume: 48 Issue: 2 1998

Charles Esdaile explores grass roots opposition to Napoleonic rule, the forms it took and how the empire fought back.

Volume: 48 Issue: 2 1998

Michael Broers explores the measures and restrictions imposed by Napoleon on his many subjects and how, within the boundaries of the Empire, they responded to his rule.

Volume: 48 Issue: 1 1998

John Dunne follows historians along the trail signposted by Geyl fifty years ago.

Issue: 27 1997
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.
Volume: 48 Issue: 1 1997

Was Napoleon's escape from his first exile unwittingly aided by his erstwhile opponents from Albion? Katharine MacDonogh weighs up the enigmatic response that certain British citizens showed towards their imperial prisoner.

Volume: 44 Issue: 2 1994

Janet Hartley discusses the mixed responses of Russia's populations to Napoleon's great gamble on an invasion and the part they played in the eventual French catastrophe. 

Volume: 41 Issue: 1 1991

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