Napoleon : the decline and fall of an empire : 1811-1821 / Michael Broers.
- ISBN: 9781639361779
- ISBN: 1639361774
- Physical Description: xxxii, 735 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm.
- Edition: First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
- Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2022.
- Copyright: ℗♭2022.
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||
Includes bibliographical references (pages 653-723) and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:||
Prelude: Into the flames -- A new order of things -- The Great Empire, 1810-1812 -- Lurching into war: Napoleon and Alexander: Posturing and poise, 1810-1812 -- The order of battle: Autumn 1811-June 1812 -- Into the abyss: The march on Moscow -- Hell is a very cold place: Moscow -- The gauntlet: The retreat from Moscow, October-December 1812 -- From delusion to determination, December 1812-April 1813 -- The struggle for Germany, April 1813-August 1813 -- The last summer: Dresden, the final victory, June-September 1813 -- Leipzig: The battle lost, September-October 1813 -- The frontiers crumble: The end of empire, October 1813-January 1814 -- The fall of France: The end of everything, January-May 1814 -- Elba: A nervous exile, April 1814-February 1815 -- The flight of the eagle -- The politics of desperation: March-June 1815 -- The war of the seventh coalition: March-June 1815 -- A life unravels -- Epilogue: Beyond the pale.
In 1811, Napoleon stood at his zenith. He had defeated all his continental rivals, come to an entente with Russia, and his blockade of Britain seemed, at long last, to be a success. The emperor had an heir on the way with his new wife, Marie-Louise, the young daughter of the Emperor of Austria. His personal life, too, was calm and secure for the first time in many years. It was a moment of unprecedented peace and hope, built on the foundations of emphatic military victories. But in less than two years, all of this was in peril. In four years, it was gone, swept away by the tides of war against the most powerful alliance in European history. The rest of his life was passed on a barren island. This is not a story any novelist could create; it is reality as epic. Napoleon: The Decline and Fall of an Empire traces this story through the dramatic narrative of the years 1811-1821 and explores the ever-bloodier conflicts, the disintegration and reforging of the bonds among the Bonaparte family, and the serpentine diplomacy that shaped the fate of Europe. At the heart of the story is Napoleons own sense of history, the tensions in his own character, and the shared vision of a family dynasty to rule Europe. Drawing on the remarkable resource of the new edition of Napoleons personal correspondence produced by the Fondation Napoleon in Paris, Michael Broers dynamic new history follows Napoleons thoughts and feelings, his hopes and ambitions, as he fought to preserve the world he had created. Much of this turns on his relationship with Tsar Alexander of Russia, in so many respects his alter ego, and eventual nemesis. His inability to understand this complex man, the only person with the power to destroy him, is key to tracing the roots of his disastrous decision to invade Russiaand his inability to face diplomatic and military reality thereafter. Even his defeat in Russia was not the end. The last years of the Napoleonic Empire reveal its innate strength, but it now faced hopeless odds. The last phase of the Napoleonic Wars saw the convergence of the most powerful of forces in European history to date: Russian manpower and British money. The sheer determination of Tsar Alexander and the British to bring Napoleon down is a story of compromise and sacrifice. The horrors and heroism of war are omnipresent in these years, from Lisbon to Moscow, in the life of the common solider. The core of this new book reveals how these men pushed Napoleon back from Moscow to St Helena. Among this generation, there was no more remarkable persona than Napoleon. His defeat forged his mythas well as his living tomb on St Helena. The audacious enterprise of the 100 Days, reaching its crescendo at the Battle of Waterloo, marked the spectacular end of an unprecedented public life. From the ruins of a lifeand an empirecame a new continent and a legend that haunts Europe still.
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