This book is the first overall study of Europe in the Napoleonic uears. It is a study not only of an early exercise in imperialism, but of the conflict that tis aroused between teh rationalising tendencies of the modern state and teh spatial and cultural heterogeneity of individual societies. As well as a history of France, it also provides a major contribution to the 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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