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The Bonapartes : the history of a dynasty /
William H.C. Smith.
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London ; New York : Hambledon and London ; New York : Distributed in the US exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
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x, 252 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
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1852854626 (hbk.)
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London ; New York : Hambledon and London ; New York : Distributed in the US exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
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1852854626 (hbk.)
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5618609
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [235]-238) and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2005-11-01:
Here is the saga of the Bonaparte family, told by a gifted author. Smith's clear writing and familiarity with the contentious Corsican clan make for a compelling narrative. Family feuds were an integral part of the dynasty that Napoleon created, yet the sibling bonds were even stronger, providing the basis for a legacy that still haunts French politics. Smith (Napoleon III) notes that it was Napoleon's deliberate intention to create a dynasty in the traditional European mode. All of his brothers and sisters, except the recalcitrant Lucien, became connected with Europe's ruling elite. At the same time, Napoleon sought to legitimize his regime through popular mandate. His nephew Louis Napoleon sought to emulate his uncle when he skillfully established the Second Empire through a plebiscite. But at the core both Napoleon I and Napoleon III sought to sustain their empires through military might, and therein existed the seeds of their ultimate demise. While Smith addresses the dimensions of Bonapartism, it is the dynamic personalities of the Bonapartes themselves that he emphasizes. The fascinating history of this family has not been so thoroughly explored since Theo Aronson's The Golden Bees: The Story of the Bonapartes. This is a worthy addition to the "Dynasty" series from British history publisher Hambledon and is recommended for academic and public libraries.-Jim Doyle, Sara Hightower Regional Lib., Rome, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Summaries
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The author provides the story of how Napoleon Bonaparte founded a dynasty, making his brothers kings, marrying the daughter of an emperor and leaving a legacy strong enough to bring his nephew, Napoleon III, to the throne of France.
Long Description
This biography offers not just the story of Napoleon Bonaparte himself, but the history of his entire family during their time of rule. Although Napoleon I began life in an impoverished noble family, through his astonishing military career he was crowned Emperor of France. Three of his brothers became kings of French satellite territories, and Napoleon himself tried to earn the acceptance of other monarchs of Europe by marrying Marie-Louise, the daughter of the Austrian emperor. Although his only son, Napoleon II, died young and in exile, the dynasty sprang back to power under his nephew, Louis Napoleon, who became Napoleon III. His son, the Prince Imperial, was killed in the Zulu War. "The Bonapartes" shows the importance of the entire Napoleonic dynasty in French history and traces the often difficult relationships between the members of the family.
Main Description
The story of the Bonaparte Dynasty from Napoleon I to Napoleon III T his biography offers not just the story of Napoleon Bonaparte himself, but the history of his entire family during their time of rule. Although Napoleon I began life in an impoverished noble family, through his astonishing military career he was crowned Emperor of France. Three of his brothers became kings of French satellites, and Napoleon himself earned the acceptance of other monarchs of Europe by marrying MarieLouise, the daughter of the Austrian emperor. Although his only son, Napoleon II, died young and in exile, the dynasty sprang back to power under his nephew, Louis Napoleon, who became Napoleon III, but whoseson, the Prince Imperial, was killed in the Zulu War. The Bonapartesshows the importance of the entire Napoleonic dynasty in French history and traces the often difficult relationships between the members of the family.
Main Description
This biography offers not just the story of Napoleon Bonaparte himself, but the history of his entire family during their time of rule. Although Napoleon I began life in an impoverished noble family, through his astonishing military career he was crowned Emperor of France. Three of his brothers became kings of French satellite territories, and Napoleon himself tried to earn the acceptance of other monarchs of Europe by marrying Marie-Louise, the daughter of the Austrian emperor. Although his only son, Napoleon II, died young and in exile, the dynasty sprang back to power under his nephew, Louis Napoleon, who became Napoleon III. His son, the Prince Imperial, was killed in the Zulu War. The Bonapartes shows the importance of the entire Napoleonic dynasty in French history and traces the often difficult relationships between the members of the family.
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
The Founderp. 1
Towards a Dynastyp. 19
The Revolution Crownedp. 37
An Heir without a Thronep. 55
No Justice for Bonapartes in Francep. 79
Hope Deferredp. 99
The Restorationp. 119
The Empire Restoredp. 141
Triumph and Catastrophep. 161
The Debaclep. 185
'The Prince is Down!'p. 205
Notesp. 227
Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 239
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