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The Age of Napoleon

A History of European Civilization from 1789 to 1815 · Story of Civilization

by Will Durant Author · Ariel Durant Author


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An engrossing volume on European civilization by Pulitzer Prize–winning historians Will and Ariel Durant

The Age of Napoleon, the eleventh and final volume of The Story of Civilization, surveys the amazing chain of events that wrenched Europe out of the Enlightenment and into the age of democracy. In this masterful work, listeners will encounter

  • the French Revolution—from the storming of the Bastille to the guillotining of the king;
  • the revolution's leaders Danton, Desmoulins, Robespierre, Saint-Just—all cut down by the reign of terror they inaugurated;
  • Napoleon's meteoric rise—from provincial Corsican military student to emperor and commander of the largest army in history;
  • Napoleon's fall—his army's destruction in the snows of Russia, his exile to Elba, his escape and reconquest of the throne, and his ultimate defeat at Waterloo by the combined forces of Europe;
  • the birth of Romanticism and the dawning of a new age of active democracy and a rising middle class, laying the foundation for a new era.
  • Publication Details

    Blackstone Publishing
    Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
    Publication Date:
    Story of Civilization


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    Will Durant (Author)

    Will Durant (1885-1981) was an award-winning American writer, historian, and philosopher. He and his wife were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 1968 for Rousseau and Revolution, and he was a recipient of the Presidential Medal ...

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    Ariel Durant (Author)

    Ariel Durant (1898-1981) was a Russian-born American researcher and writer and the coauthor of the eleven-volume Story of Civilization with her husband Will Durant. Ariel and Will Durant were jointly awarded the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonficti...

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