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Napoleon Comes to Power: Democracy and Dictatorship in Revolutionary France, 1795-1804

Napoleon Comes to Power: Democracy and Dictatorship in Revolutionary France, 1795-1804 (Paperback)

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This latest addition to the Past in Perspective Series traces the rise to power of Napoleon and also examines the events before and after the coup d'etat of 1799. Recent research has suggested that the Bonapartist dictatorship was by no means a foregone conclusion, the inevitable outcome of a corrupt and discredited revolutionary regime. There is now greater awareness of the difficulties faced by the Directory (as the constitutional system was called after 1795) in steering a middle course between Royalism and Jacobinism and also a greater recognition of its achievements. By the time that Napoleon crowned himself Emperor in 1804, the Revolution was effectively over. An ingenious balance had been struck between democracy and authority, between hierarchy and equality, in short between the old order and the new, a synthesis which disarmed radicals and attracted conservatives. This hybrid of revolution and tradition only lasted for a further decade in France, but it exerted a profound influence over nineteenth-century political culture. The Napoleonic episode thus requires careful attention at a deeper level than the personal and military heroics that usually predominate, as this study will demonstrate.

History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalModern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsRevolutions, uprisings, rebellionsFrench RevolutionHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean history Publisher: University of Wales Press Publication Date: 19/03/1998 ISBN-13: 9780708314012  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
Availability: Currently unavailable. Foyles can order for despatch to customer when the publisher is re-supplied on 19/03/1998.  

Malcolm Crook is a Reader in History at the University of Keele.

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