Napoleon in Review

Napoleon in Review

Napoleon in Review

Napoleon in Review

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"Of making many books [on Napoleon] there is no end; and much [of this] reading is a weariness of the flesh." -- Ecclesiastes xii, 12. (Apologies to the Preacher.) Good writers, poor writers, and all the intermediate grades have indulged themselves freely in this pastime, so I shall present no special reasons for adding another to the list. The following studies are not, nor are they intended to be, a life of Napoleon. They are rather an attempt to review certain aspects and characteristics of the man and his work. The first study is a brief summary of his more important constructive achievements. Mention is also made of his principal characteristics, some of which are discussed more fully in later studies. The occasional repetition of an idea or factor which influenced various developments seemed necessary for clarity. Studies on his letters to Marie Louise and the memoirs of Caulaincourt were included because they . . .

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