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Wagram and the
Awakening of Europe

NOT ONLY IN SPAIN but elsewhere in the European vassalstates. Napoleon promoted the adoption of the Code Napoléon. At the Erfurt Congress in 1808, Napoleon urged the Kings of the Confederation of the Rhine to apply it in their States. The Code was the vessel in which the principles of the French Revolution were exported to Europe, even as far as Poland and Dalmatia.

Napoleon wrote to Jerome, King of Westphalia: `In Germany, as in France, Italy and Spain, people long for equality and liberalism. The benefits of the Code Napoléon, legal procedure in open court, the jury, these are the points by which your monarchy must be distinguished. . . . Your people must enjoy a liberty, an equality unknown in the rest of Germany.' To Joseph, then King of Naples, he explained that `You must establish the Civil Code in your States; it will fortify your power, since by it all entails are cancelled, and there will no longer be any great estates apart from those you create yourself. This is the motive which has led me to recommend a civil code and to establish it everywhere.' Northern Italy, western Germany and the Low Countries, un-

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Preface xi
  • 1 - Corsican Background 15
  • 2 - The Turn of the Wheel 24
  • 3 - Victory in Italy 34
  • 4 - The Eastern Adventure 55
  • 5 - Brumaire and Marengo 68
  • 6 - First Consul 88
  • 7 - The New Charlemagne 103
  • 8 - Austerlitz and the Defeat of the Third Coalition 120
  • 9 - The Napoleonic Empire 131
  • 10 - The Continental System 155
  • 11 - The Spanish Ulcer 164
  • 12 - Wagram and the Awakening of Europe 173
  • 13 - Catastrophe in Russia 185
  • 14 - Leipzig and Abdication 200
  • 15 - The Hundred Days and Waterloo 217
  • 16 - St. Helena 236
  • 17 - The Napoleonic Legend 255
  • Appendix I - The Diagnosis of Napoleon''s Illness 267
  • Appendix II - The Death-Mask of Napoleon 269
  • Select Bibliography 271
  • Index 291
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