A Short History of Napoleon the First by John Robert SeeleyA Short History of Napoleon the First by John Robert Seeley

A Short History of Napoleon the First

byJohn Robert Seeley

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914. Excerpt: ... Judged by his Plan. 303 pulse to the public service and a discipline to officials, which, passing afterwards into a tradition of conscientious work, has upheld the French state ever since. No doubt the contrast is great between the stern martial energy of the Napoleonic generation and the effeminacy of the age of Pompadour. But here, again, the reform had been begun and was even far advanced when Napoleon appeared. It had been set on foot by the Convention: Marceau, Kle"ber, Hoche, in the army, Carnot in the Government, had set great examples, which an organized imperialism could not but emulate; and what Bonaparte did in this respect would have been done by a Moreau, with less energy no doubt, but with a purer spirit. § 6. Napoleon judged by his Plan. When we compare Napoleon's way of thinking with that of other rulers of the same class, even the most ambitious, we seem to see a difference. Louis XIV. and Frederick are thought ambitious, but they were scarcely ambitious in the same sense as Napoleon. Their course was unscrupulous and lawless, but in most cases they aimed at acquisitions which were really important, nay, often seemed indispensably necessary to the country. Thus by the partition of Poland Frederick at once rescued Prussia from a position of extreme difficulty, and acquired a province which seemed almost indispensable for the compactness of the kingdom. Louis XIV. also had for the most part a serious public object in view. To fortify France on the side where she was weakest, to complete the incorporation of Alsace, acquired during his minority, were objects so important that we may suppose many of his aggressions to have seemed to him justifiable on the ground of necessary self-defence. The feverish impatience with which the Emperor Jo...

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Title:A Short History of Napoleon the FirstFormat:PaperbackDimensions:68 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217674534

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