1300 36 33 32

'God was bored with Napoleon' wrote Victor Hugo and as is well known, the Emperor was duly defeated at Waterloo in 1815 and exiled to St Helena, where he died an agonising and horrifying death. The Emperor's real legacy is the modernising and beautifying of Paris, the official promotion of religious tolerance, the current French legal and educational systems, and the European Union, to name but a few Napoleonic initiatives. And of course, the legend lives on. Drawing on new archival research, Hazareesingh traces not only the emergence of the Napoleonic myth and how it developed into a potent political culture, but also the amazing tenacity of popular affection for the emperor, manifest in countless busts and portraits in ordinary citizens' homes, grass-roots political activism, miraculous apparitions reported after his death, and the memories kept alive by thousands of imperial war veterans. This book is a timely study of why the fascination with Napoleon has endured for two centuries.

Buy Legend of Napoleon book by Sudhir Hazareesingh from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781862077898
ISBN-10: 1862077894
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 21mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Granta Books
Publisher: Granta Books
Publish Date: 7-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions


» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Legend of Napoleon book by Sudhir Hazareesingh and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)

Write Review

Author Biography - Sudhir Hazareesingh

Sudhir Hazareesingh is a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford and a tutor in politics. A specialist in modern French history and politics, his books include From Subject to Citizen (Princeton, 1998) and Political Traditions in Modern France (Oxford, 1994).

Books By Author Sudhir Hazareesingh

How the French Think by Sudhir Hazareesingh

How the French Think

Paperback, June 2016
From Subject to Citizen by Sudhir Hazareesingh

From Subject to Citizen

Paperback, July 2014
In the Shadow of the General by Sudhir Hazareesingh

In the Shadow of the General

Hardback, July 2012
Intellectual Founders of the Republic by Sudhir Hazareesingh

Intellectual Founders of the Republic

Paperback, February 2005