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I am interested in Napoleon.
What is the best biography?

>> No.19067070

not the usual recs. i would advise that you learn french and read the 40,000 or so letters he wrote as emperor

>> No.19067091

>>19067070
based language learner

>> No.19067124

>>19067042
I’ve been interested in him as well lately. Intending to watch Gance’s Napoleon.

>>19067070
Interesting recommendation. Is there any collection of his letters that is accessible?

>> No.19067143

>>19067124
The Napoleon Foundation has all of them published on their website. You can also buy various translated, smaller collections on amazon

>> No.19067148

>>19067042
Napoleon: A Life (or Napoleon the Great in some markets) was a fantastic, well-researched biography. I'd recommend it to anyone.

>> No.19067833

>>19067143
Thanks!

>> No.19068330

>>19067042
the Iron duke of wellington

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19068357

Georges Lefebvre

>> No.19068358

Bonaparte by Patrice Gueniffey

>> No.19068442

>>19067042
Read Stendhal's novels since he was actually in the grande armee.

>> No.19068456

>>19067042
I didn't know that he was actually an Italian immigrant lol only "Frenchman" worth a shit and he's actually Italian.

>> No.19068461

>>19068357
why are you so obsessed with the annales school

>> No.19069855

>>19068357
gonna add this to my kindle
>>19068461
is she? i used to be really into marc bloch as a teenager, probably how i became a communist

>> No.19069882

>>19068456
Nice falseflag, Mario

>> No.19069887

>>19068456
>implying Corsica is Italy
Lmfao

>> No.19069928

>>19069855
yeah she always recommends braudel, le goff, i think i saw duby once
>marc bloch
i just got his feudal society. i'm really eager to read it, i want to become a medivalist autist... but how did you become a commie because of him?

>> No.19069979

>>19069928
i got into him because i was a medievalist autist too
i think it was just his focus on broader social stuff and v modern, materialist method, in retrospect. i didn't really make the ideological jump until i became an atheist and got around to reading berkman and marx, though

>> No.19070032

Napoleon's 80 Days is a fun, short book about his coup. The author hates him however and makes snide remarks every 20 pages or so

>> No.19070036

>>19069979
so you didn't identify yourself with any of the medieval values? my main interest in medieval epoch is due to provençalism, proto-romantic poetry, gai saber, dante, italian poetry etc etc and plus i'm a christian

>> No.19070043

>>19067042
Andrew Roberts is the only biography that includes Napoleon's letters - so that one.

>> No.19070061

>>19070036
i didn't see any "medieval values" to personally identify with. i just thought it was all p neat "aesthetics" wise i guess.

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>>19070061
also Provençal is a cool language

>> No.19070093 [DELETED] 

>>19070061 (You)
also Provençal is a cool dialect

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Im reading Roberts book now. I think you'll enjoy it, OP.

>> No.19070457

>>19070043
seconded

>> No.19070467

>>19069855
Dont listen to anything butterfly recommends. She doesn't even read the books she posts

>> No.19071478

How about the Bourrienne memoirs?

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>>19067042
>>19072032
>>19072032

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>>19072186
bump

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>>19067042
Frank McLynn's

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