Chapter 1 Napoleon: Background and rise to Power
Synopsis of Napoleon’s career 1796-1815
Background and character
Napoleon and the early years of the revolution
Napoleon and the Directory
Chapter 2 The Coup of Brumaire 1799
The political background to the coup of Brumaire and why it occurred
The events of the coup of Brumaire
Why was the coup of Brumaire successful?
Chapter 3 Establishing Power
Constitutional and political changes
Legal and judicial reforms
Relations with the Catholic Church – The Concordat
Chapter 4 Consolidating power
Coercion and control
Patronage and bribery
Censorship and propaganda
Chapter 5 Napoleon and Europe: Conquest and Empire, 1796-1807
Early campaigns in Italy and Egypt, 1796–9
Wars of the Consulate and early Empire, 1799–1807
Military and strategic developments
Chapter 6 The Napoleonic Empire, 1804-10
The composition of the Napoleonic Empire.
Napoleon’s treatment of conquered territory
The creation of the Napoleonic Empire
Napoleon and nationalism
Napoleon’s expectations from the Empire
Chapter 7 Napoleon and Europe: Decline and Fall, c.1810-15
Prelude to defeat 1807–12
The last campaigns 1813–15
Factors explaining Napoleons decline and fall
Chapter 8 Napoleon: Impact and Legacy
Napoleon and the Revolution
The impact and legacy of Napoleon’s rule on France
The Napoleonic legend
Relevant content specific to the 2008 AS and A Level specifications.
In-depth coverage of the period presented in an accessible way.
Exam-style questions and tips written by examiners offer support with assessment.
Summary diagrams throughout aid with revision of the key topics and themes.