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Napoleon: The Spirit of the Age by Michael Broers (University of Oxford)

Napoleon: The Spirit of the Age: 1805-1810

Michael Broers (University of Oxford)

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Imprint: Pegasus Books
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 3 Apr 2018
ISBN: 9781681776699

Spirit of the Age opens with Napoleon's as yet untested army making its way through the Bavarian Alps in the early winter of 1805, to fall upon the unsuspecting Austrians and Russians, and crushing them at Austerlitz.

3 stars out of 5
10 Mar 2018

"What one wants of a biography on this scale is the scholarship without the show, and that is just what Broers delivers. "

 What one wants of a biography on this scale is the scholarship without the show, and that is just what Broers delivers. Given, too, that this is a life already running to something over 1,000 pages, he writes with a mercifully broad brush, charting the crucial milestones in the vector — to borrow his own term — of Napoleon’s ‘journey’, without ever clogging his narrative with detail. There will, eventually, be an accounting — moral, historical — to be done, but that belongs to another volume.

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