Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Geoffrey Ellis
    Pages 1-10
  3. Geoffrey Ellis
    Pages 11-19
  4. Geoffrey Ellis
    Pages 107-119
  5. Geoffrey Ellis
    Pages 120-126
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 127-165

About this book


Was Napoleon the 'heir' of the French Revolution, the great consolidator of its reforms, or did he distort and even abandon its principles? What were the aims and effects of Napoleonic rule in France and in conquered Europe more widely?

This second edition of The Napoleonic Empire offers a critical reassessment of these central issues and provides a fresh synthesis of the most important research during the past forty years. Beginning with Napoleon's inheritance, Geoffrey Ellis balances the conflicting evidence for change or continuity over the years from the Revolutionary upheaval to the height of the 'Grand Empire'.

The new edition:
- covers the administrative, military, social and economic aspects of the subject
- redefines the whole impact of Napoleonic imperialism in both the short and longer term
- offers more extensive coverage of Napoleon's treatment of the annexed lands and subject states of his Empire, as well as of military conscription, desertion, and the role of the Gendarmerie in the war against brigands and military defaulters
- provides an expanded discussion of the institutional legacy of Napoleonic rule in France and Europe

With an up-dated and more comprehensive bibliography, this thoroughly revised text is an invaluable guide to Napoleon's Europe and is ideal for specialist and general readers alike.


empire Europe France historiography Napoleon

About the authors

GEOFFREY ELLIS is Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Hertford College, Oxford.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Napoleonic Empire
  • Authors Geoffrey Ellis
  • Series Title Studies in European History
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2003
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-99005-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4039-4401-6
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages , 184
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics European History
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