Napoleon's Integration of Europe
By (author) Stuart Woolf
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Napoleon's Integration of Europe by Stuart Woolf
Book DescriptionHistories of the Napoleonic period are almost exclusively biographies of the man, or political-military accounts of his wars. But such wars were only the first stage in a far more ambitious programme; the establishment of a rational state which would force the pace of modernising society. Through an examination of the experiences of French domination, Napoleon's Integration of Europe explores the implications of such a project for France and its relationship with the rest of Europe. It examines the problems of ruling a progressively expanding empire, as seen through the eyes of a trained corps of bureaucrates who were convinced that their scientific methods would enable them to understand and govern the mechanisms of society. However it also looks at the populations subjected to French rule, at the nature of their resistance and adaptation to the principles of the Napoleonic project. This book is the first overall comparative study of Europe in the Napoleonic years. It is a study not only of an early exercise in imperialism, but of the conflict that is aroused between the rationalising tendencies of the modern state and the spatial and cultural heterogeneity of individual societies. As well as a history of France, it is also a history of Italy, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Poland and Spain at a crucial moment in the history of each nation state.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415049610
(216mm x 140mm x 27mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Aug-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Stuart Woolf
Domestic Strategies, Paperback (December 2003)
This 1991 book offers an important perspective on the working lives of European families during the early modern period and beyond.
Nationalism in Europe, Paperback (December 1995)» View all books by Stuart Woolf
'A major addition to the curent literature on the challenging topic of how national identities are moulded.' - Michela Biddiss, Department of History University of Reading
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