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  • David A. Bell

Abstract

The story of Napoleon’s life runs from his birth on Corsica in 1769 to his death in exile on Saint Helena in 1821, stretching beyond his death to include posthumous battles over his reputation. It is the story of a man with genuinely extraordinary personal qualities and involves some of the most dramatic events in history. The Introduction explains the story cannot be understood without placing Napoleon in the broader context of his age—both the historical changes that made him possible and the historical forces that he so powerfully grasped hold of. Napoleon’s entire story took place against the background of the French Revolution, which paved the way for his astonishing career.

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