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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse15 Jun 2018 10:00 p.m. PST

"This is the second, stunning instalment of what will evidently constitute an outstanding three-volume biography of Napoleon, which explores the extraordinary feats of his central years in command. Superlatives are in order, for after 1805 the French won a series of astounding victories, including Austerlitz, Jena and Friedland. Napoleon's subsequent ‘summit meeting' at Tilsit in 1807, with Tsar Alexander I, saw the two emperors carve up the continent between them. As Michael Broers emphasises, this was a pivotal moment, inducing the hubris that led Napoleon to overplay his hand, notably by intervention in the Iberian peninsula. It sowed the seeds of his future struggle for survival, the great but costly triumph over Austria in 1809 notwithstanding.

The occupation of Rome brought a rupture with the papacy, ending the religious peace he had secured earlier, while family and collaborators were also pulling apart. Having finally divorced Josephine, Napoleon married an Austrian princess in 1810, where this part of the odyssey pauses.

This volume appears just as the Fondation Napoléon is publishing the final volume of its comprehensive edition of Napoleon's correspondence, a massive project that Broers cites extensively, along with other recent work, including his own….."
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Whirlwind16 Jun 2018 1:16 a.m. PST

Hmmm. Are Napoleon's extraordinary feats of command between 1805-7 a neglected and under-explored topic?

On the other hand, that should be my retirement project: an English translation of the comprehensive edition of Napoleon's correspondence. Although AFAIK, there has never been an English translation of the previous collections either.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse16 Jun 2018 12:29 p.m. PST

Best of luck with that my friend!.


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