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Historical dictionary of the Napoleonic era
Nafziger, George F.
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [2002]

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xxviii, 353 pages ; 22 cm.
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DC147 .N34 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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The author covers one of the most explosive and most exciting periods of world history, spanning the time 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, the growth of industrialism, the death of ancient traditions, and the birth and break-up of empire. It was the time of Napoleon, who gave his name to this period of tremendous change: the period in which the roots of modern Europe were planted. This work is intended as a broad review, devoting a majority of its attention to the military and political events and personalities of the period, while also surveying the major artistic, social and cultural events and personalities that formed this period.

Author Notes

George F. Nafziger is noted for his work as a military historian, having written numerous works on the Napoleonic Wars and World War II. He serves as Director of the Napoleonic Alliance and on the Scientific Committee for the Bicentennial of Marengo. He is a Fellow in the International Napoleonic Society. A retired naval officer, he served 23 years in the active fleet and reserve.

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Rarely has one individual affected so profoundly the lives of so many others as Napoleon Bonaparte. Nafziger's dictionary gives testimony to this dominating historical figure's power at its peak. A no-frills volume, its usefulness is very clear; its more than 250 entries include people, places, events, and institutions. None of the individual entries has a bibliography, but an ample general bibliography has entries in French and English. A helpful chronology covers the period 1800-15. Nafziger has provided a resource of great value to students of Napoleon who need a carefully crafted, thorough reference volume for frequent consultation. For academic libraries supporting course work or research in 19th-century European history. C. V. Stanley Washington & Lee University