The Bee and the Eagle Napoleonic France and the End of the Holy Roman Empire

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  • Copyright: 2009-01-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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The Bee and the Eagle brings together a team of international specialists to present original findings on six key themes of Empire: political cultures, war and military institutions, monarchy, nationalism and identity, and everyday experience. With a comparative approach, it begins in 1806 at the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire, and its replacement by a French-sponsored new political order.

Author Biography

ALAN FORREST is Professor of Modern History at the University of York, UK. He has published widely on French revolutionary and Napoleonic history, especially on social history and on the military. His most recent publications include Napoleon's Men: The Soldiers of the Revolution and Empire (London, 2002), Paris, the Provinces and the French Revolution (London, 2004) and (jointly-authored with Jean-Paul Bertaud and Annie Jourdan) Napoléon, le monde et les Anglais. Guerre des mots et des images (Paris, 2004). PETER H. WILSON is GF Grant Professor of History at the University of Hull. He is a specialist in German history and military-civil relations in early modern Europe. His most recent publications include Absolutism in Central Europe, From Reich to Revolution: German History 1558-1806 and War in European History 1815-1914 (ed).

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Seriesp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Notes on Contributorsp. x
Mapsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The Meaning of Empire in Central Europe around 1800p. 22
The Political Culture of the Holy Roman Empire on the Eve of its Destructionp. 42
The Napoleonic Empirep. 65
The Political Culture of the Napoleonic Empirep. 83
A Matter of Survival: Bavaria Becomes a Kingdomp. 94
Napoleon as Monarch: A Political Evolutionp. 112
Napoleon and the Abolition of Feudalismp. 131
The Prussian Army in the Jena Campaignp. 155
Napoleon's Second Sacre? Iena and the Ceremonial Translation of Frederick the Great's Insignia in 1807p. 172
'Desperation to the Utmost': The Defeat of 1806 and the French Occupation in Prussian Experience and Perceptionp. 191
Legends of the Allied Invasions and Occupations of Eastern France, 1792-1815p. 214
'The Germans are Hydrophobes': Germany and the Germans in the Shaping of French Identityp. 234
The Response to Napoleon and German Nationalismp. 256
Indexp. 285
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