Napoleon and German Identity

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

Detail from 'The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries', by Jacques-Louis David, 1812'In the beginning was Napoleon’ – with these words the late and much-lamented Thomas Nipperday began his masterly account of the history of Germany in the nineteenth century (recently translated as From Napoleon to Bismarck). Like most lapidary phrases, it begs as many questions as it answers.

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