Napoleon : a very short introduction

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New York : Oxford University Press, 2019.


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New York : Oxford University Press, 2019.
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xx, 138 pages : illustrations, maps and portraits ; 18 cm.


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"First published in hardback as Napoleon: A Concise Biography, 2015."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 121-129) and index.
" This Very Short Introduction might prove disappointing to those expecting an introduction to a very short man. Dispelling the myth of Napoleon Bonaparte's short stature, as well as the other rumors and legends, David Bell provides a concise, accurate, and lively portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte's character and career, situating him firmly in historical context. This book emphasizes the astonishing sense of human possibility--for both good and ill--that Napoleon represented. By his late twenties, Napoleon was already one of the greatest generals in European history. At thirty, he had become absolute master of Europe's most powerful country. In his early forties, he ruled a European empire more powerful than any since Rome, fighting wars that changed the shape of the continent and brought death to millions. Then everything collapsed, leading him to spend his last years in miserable exile in the South Atlantic. Bell underscores the importance of the French Revolution in understanding Napoleon's career. The revolution made possible the unprecedented concentration of political authority that Napoleon accrued, and his success in mobilizing human and material resources. Without the political changes brought about by the revolution, Napoleon could not have fought his wars. Without the wars, he could not have seized and held onto power. Though his virtual dictatorship betrayed the ideals of liberty and equality, his life and career were revolutionary. "--,Provided by publisher.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Bell, D. A. (2019). Napoleon: a very short introduction . Oxford University Press.

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Bell, David A. 2019. Napoleon: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.

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Bell, David A. Napoleon: A Very Short Introduction Oxford University Press, 2019.

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Bell, David A. Napoleon: A Very Short Introduction Oxford University Press, 2019.

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