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Past in Perspective, The: Napoleon Comes to Power - Democracy and Dictatorship in Revolutionary France, 1795-1804
Malcolm Crook
ISBN: 9780708314012 (0708314015)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Mawrth 1998
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Caerdydd
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Astudiaeth feirniadol drylwyr o yrfa ddylanwadol Napoleon yng ngoleuni ymchwil ddiweddar, a chan ddefnyddio tystiolaeth ddogfennol sylweddol. Dau fap du-a-gwyn.

An in-depth critical study of Napoleon's rise to power in 1799, in the light of recent research and with the aid of substantial documentary evidence. Two black-and-white maps.
Gwybodaeth Bellach:
NAPOLEON COMES TO POWER
Democracy and Dictatorship in Revolutionary France 1795-1804
Malcolm Crook
pp vii153 Demy 8vo 1998 paperback ISBN 0-7083-1401-5
hardback ISBN 0-7083-1461-9
`Malcolm Crook's short study is a welcome and useful contribution to the literature on the Directory and Consulate, and not the least of its advantages is to establish these dates as a standard periodisation. This is more than just a survey; it is driven by anti-Bonapartist sympathies, centred on the interesting, rewarding desire to prove there were political alternatives to Brumaire. This is a welcome challenge to the sense of inevitability surrounding Brumaire. Crook rightly emphasises the many successes of the Directory, especially in administration and the restoration of order, and - presciently - its penchant for centralisation from which Napoleon profited, thus laying an old myth to rest. He has chosen his documents well too. . . This book is
most enjoyable.' (Modern and Contemporary France)
This volume traces the rise to power of Napoleon and also examines the events before and after the coup d'état of 1799. Recent research has suggested that the Bonapartist dictatorship was by no means a foregone conclusion, the inevitable outcome of a corrupt and discredited revolutionary regime. There is now greater awareness of the difficulties faced by the Directory (as the constitutional system was called after 1795) in steering a middle course between royalism and jacobinism and also a greater recognition of its achievements. By the time that Napoleon crowned himself Emperor in 1804, the
Revolution was effectively over. An ingenious balance had been struck between democracy and authority, between hierarchy and equality, in short between the old order and the new, a synthesis which disarmed radicals and attracted conservatives. This hybrid of revolution and tradition only lasted for a further decade in France, but it exerted a profound influence over nineteenth-century political culture. The Napoleonic episode thus repays careful attention at a deeper level than the personal and military heroics that usually predominate, as this study will demonstrate.
‘ . . . a clear and reliable approach to an episode in French Revolutionary and Napoleonic history not otherwise well served by works in English. Published in the Past Perspective series, it combines sure-footed textual analysis with a selection of illustrative documents.’ French History
The Past in Perspective Series
Malcolm Crook is Lecturer in History at the University of Keele.
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