The "Longman Companions to History" series aim to provide focused references which given readers all the essential facts, figures, bibliographic advice and explanatory commentary they could need on the subject in question. Each companion concentrates on a major historical topic. This text covers Napoleon, regarded by his contemporaries with admiration and adulation or with fear and loathing; sometimes, it would seem, with a mixture of all four. The fascination with him as an individual and with the colossal changes wrought by his wars across Europe has continued among historians, and many others, ever since. This guide is designed to provide detail on rather more than the ever-popular military aspects of the period, and to cover the whole of Europe. The text covers the principal monarchs and statesmen of the period, the various embargo acts and the Anglo-American war. The author has also run chronologies on beyond 1815 to give an impression of the immediate legacy of the Napoleonic years. In addition it provides chronologies of important events, biographies of key figures, a glossary of terms, and an extended, annotated bibliography arranged by topic.
It is designed to be a reader-friendly desk companion for continuous use and is aimed at undergraduates and the general reader.