Napoleon Bonaparte (HIS 28)

  • Day and time: Monday 11:15 - 12:30
  • Length of course: 1 term. Autumn (10 Weeks)
  • Number of places: 12
  • Start date: 11 October 2021
  • Description:

    2021 is the 200th anniversary of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte, one of the most instantly-recognizable and controversial individuals in European history. Praised as an enlightened reformer and promoter of economic progress and reviled as a megalomaniac tyrant and warlord, Napoleon's reputation is as much debated today as it was in his lifetime. This course will examine his impact on France, Europe and the world. It will include his rise to power and relationship with the French Revolution, his methods of governing France, his attempts to defeat Britain, his military and political domination of Europe, resistance to his rule and the reasons for his eventual downfall. Sessions will make use of Napoleon's own speeches and writings, the views of his contemporaries and of historians and works of art from the period. No previous knowledge is required.

  • Format: Lecture and discussion

  • Tutor: Adrian Roberts
  • I am a History teacher by profession and have been running courses for U3AC for the past three years.

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