Napoleon: Passion, death and resurrection 1815–1840 by Philip Dwyer

Reviewed by
October 2018, no. 405
Peter McPhee reviews 'Napoleon: Passion, death and resurrection 1815–1840' by Philip Dwyer

Napoleon: Passion, death and resurrection 1815–1840

by Philip Dwyer

Bloomsbury, $29.99 pb, 390 pp, 9781408891759

Napoleon: Passion, death and resurrection 1815–1840 by Philip Dwyer

Reviewed by
October 2018, no. 405

A son of the French Revolution, Napoleon embedded in French society the Revolution’s core goals of national unity, civil equality, a hierarchy based on merit and achievement, and a rural society based on private property rather than feudal obligations. To these he added the Civil Code, the Bank of France, and other reforms, but he was never able to establish a stable political regime, primarily because internal rule was always subject to the insatiable demands of his external empire.

Peter McPhee reviews 'Napoleon: Passion, death and resurrection 1815–1840' by Philip Dwyer

Napoleon: Passion, death and resurrection 1815–1840

by Philip Dwyer

Bloomsbury, $29.99 pb, 390 pp, 9781408891759

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