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Napoleon's legacy : problems of - David Laven

Napoleon's legacy

problems of

Paperback Published: 1st February 2000
ISBN: 9781859732496
Number Of Pages: 306

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This ground-breaking, revisionist collection of essays, based on the most recent research, provides a long-needed reassessment of the legacy of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars upon the governments of Restoration Europe. Traditionally the Restoration has been regarded by historians as a period in which European governments returned to the reactionary policies which prevailed before the upheavals of 1789, and which involved an outright rejection of the reforms of the Napoleonic era. In this book, leading historians challenge this interpretation and emphasize the sometimes surprising loyalty shown to Napoleonic policies of modernization by Restoration governments. The problems of dealing with new ideologies, accommodating the interests of old elites, and keeping the benefits of recent reforms were broadly similar across Europe, and provide a connecting theme throughout the volume. However, the nature of governmental response was never uniform. The essays explore these varieties of response, both through detailed case studies and more general surveys, and address issues such as policing and censorship, revolutionary symbolism, elite formation and bureaucratic structures in France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Poland, making a fascinating contribution to the study of the nature of political change in the modern period. 'A dazzling collection of articles by the sharpest young historians in the field [that] overturns much of the received wisdom about Europe after Napoleon' Tim Blanning, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

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"A dazzling collection of articles by the sharpest young historians in the field [that] overturns much of the received wisdom about Europe after Napoleon" --Tim Blanning, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

"Historians have tended to see the restoration as a period of uninhibited reaction or as a mere interlude between two periods of revolution. The essays in this volume make a substantial contribution to the development of a more balanced judgement. Almost without exception they are of a very high standard and will prove invaluable for teachers of European history." --History

"Napoleon's Legacy is surely destined to become essential reading for all students of early to mid-nineteenth century Europe." --Modern Italy

"(Napoleon's Legacy is) the single most important statement in English on the most recent revisionist research into the impact of French rule . . . This valuable collection mounts a powerful new challenge to much received opinion." --English Historical Review

Notes on Contributorsp. vii
Prefacep. xi
List of Mapsp. xiii
Restoration Government and the Legacy of Napoleonp. 1
Notesp. 19
The Apparatus of Statep. 27
'no, Minister': French Restiration Rejection of Authoritarianismp. 29
Notesp. 45
State and Society in Post-Napoleonic Italyp. 49
Notesp. 61
Enlightened Absolutism versus Throcracy in the Spanish Restoration,1814-1850p. 65
Notesp. 78
The Napoleonic Legacy and Problems of Restoration in Central Europe: the German Confederationp. 83
Notesp. 94
Napoleon and Germany: a Legacy in Foreign Policyp. 97
Notesp. 107
The Legacy of Annexationp. 114
The Polish Kingdom(1815-1830): Continuity or Change?p. 115
Notesp. 127
The Napoleonic Legacy in the Rgubekabd and the Plitics of Reform in Restroation Prussiap. 129
Notesp. 144
The Restoration in Peddmont-Sardinia, 1814-1848: Variations on Reactionp. 151
Notesp. 162
Political Opposition and 'social Control'p. 165
The Royaume Du Midi of 1815p. 167
Notesp. 179
The 'impossible Restoration': the Left and the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Legaciesp. 183
Notesp. 194
National Colours and National Identity in Early Nineteenth-Century Germanyp. 199
Notesp. 211
The Napoleonic Moment in Prussian Church Policyp. 217
Notesp. 231
Cultures of Interdiction: the Politics of Censorship in Italy from Napoleon to the Restorationp. 237
Notesp. 253
'the Best Way to Keep the Peace in a Coutry'. Napoleon's Gendarmes and Their Legacyp. 257
Notesp. 271
Indexp. 275
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ISBN: 9781859732496
ISBN-10: 1859732496
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 1st February 2000
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1