The Age of Napoleon
A History of European Civilization from 1789 to 1815
The Story of Civilization: Book #11
An engrossing volume on Europeancivilization by Pulitzer Prize–winning historians Will and Ariel Durant
The Age of Napoleon, the eleventh and final volume of the Story of Civilization, surveys the amazing chain of events thatwrenched Europe out of the Enlightenment and into the age of democracy. In thismasterful work, listeners will encounterthe French Revolution—from the storming of the Bastille tothe guillotining of the king; the revolution’s leaders Danton, Desmoulins, Robespierre,Saint-Just—all cut down by the reign of terror they inaugurated; Napoleon’s meteoric rise—from provincial Corsicanmilitary student to emperor and commander of the largest army in history; Napoleon’s fall—his army’s destruction in the snows ofRussia, his exile to Elba, his escape and reconquest of the throne, and his ultimate defeatat Waterloo by the combined forces of Europe; the birth of Romanticism and the dawning of a new age ofactive democracy and a rising middle class, laying the foundation for a newera.
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