Historical Dictionary of the Napoleonic Era by George F.
(Historical Dictionaries of Ancient Civilizations and Historical Eras, 6:
Scarecrow Press) covers one of the most explosive and the most exciting periods
of world history, spanning from the eruption of the French Revolution through
the end of the Napoleonic wars (1789-1815). These twenty-six years of history
saw the birth of nationalism and western democracy, economic crisis and
political convulsion. It saw the growth of industrialism, the death of ancient
traditions, the desecularization of the Pope, and the birth and break-up of
empire. It was a time of extraordinary musicians and poets, eminent diplomats.
It was the time of Napoleon, who gave his name to this period of tremendous
change: the period in which the roots of modern
Rarely in history has one person left his mark on a period as forcefully as
Napoleon did on the beginning of the 19th century (and this after having
reshaped the French Revolution). During this time most of
This historical dictionary provides a good starting point by looking at the
Napoleonic era in several ways. One is through a chronology, which makes it
easier to see what happened in a particular year and follow the sequence of
events over time, but without delving into details. The introduction provides a
broad overview of the Napoleonic era. The dictionary contains more than 250
entries on significant persons, places, events and institutions. There are, of
course, many battles and almost as many conferences, treaties and alliances.
Because it is impossible to get the whole picture from one book, the
bibliography is a particularly useful component for anyone interested in further
study of the Napoleonic era.
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