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War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850

Napoleon's Hundred Days and the Politics of Legitimacy

Editors: Astbury, Katherine, Philp, Mark (Eds.)

  • Explores different dimensions of French responses to Napoleon’s return to power in 1815
  • Considers British cultural responses to Napoleon's return, including theatre, song and print media
  • Examines the impact of Napoleon's Hundred Days on events within Europe, and internationally 
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This book examines the politics of legitimacy as they played out across Europe in response to Napoleon’s dramatic return to power in France after his exile to Elba in 1814. Napoleon had to re-establish his claim to power with initially minimal military resources. Moreover, as the rest of Europe united against him, he had to marshal popular support for his new regime, while simultaneously demanding men and money to back what became an increasingly inevitable military campaign. The initial return – known as ‘the flight of the eagle’ – gradually turned into a dogged attempt to bolster support using a range of mechanisms, including constitutional amendments, elections, and public ceremonies. At the same time, his opponents had to marshal their resources to challenge his return, relying on populations already war-weary and resentful of the costs they had had to bear. The contributors to this volume explore how, for both sides, cultural politics became central in supporting or challenging the legitimacy of these political orders in the path to Waterloo.

About the authors

Katherine Astbury is Reader in French Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. Specialising in literary, theatrical and cultural production during the French Revolution and First Empire, she is the author of Narrative Responses to the Trauma of the French Revolution (2012) and a critical edition of Pixerécourt’s La Forteresse du Danube (2016). She has worked with a number of heritage organisations in the UK to bring their Revolutionary and Napoleonic collections and histories to new audiences, including Waddesdon Manor and Portchester Castle.

Mark Philp is Professor of History and Politics at the University of Warwick, and an Emeritus Fellow of Oriel College, University of Oxford, UK. Recent publications include Political Conduct (2007), Reforming Ideas in Britain: Politics and Language in the Shadow of the French Revolution, 1789-1815 (2013), and, co-edited with Joanna Innes, Re-imagining Democracy in the Age of Revolutions: America, France, Britain, Ireland 1750-1850 (2013).

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Astbury, Katherine (et al.)

    Pages 1-20

  • The Hundred Days and the Birth of Popular Bonapartism in Paris

    Sibalis, Michael

    Pages 23-39

  • Back by Popular Demand? Historians and the Problem of Public Opinion During Napoleon’s Hundred Days

    Dunne, John

    Pages 41-60

  • The Melancholy of the Revolution: Maine de Biran Facing Napoleon’s Hundred Days

    Aloisi, Alessandra

    Pages 61-80

  • German Central Europe and the Hundred Days

    James, Leighton S.

    Pages 83-102

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-70208-7
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
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  • Due: March 16, 2018
  • ISBN 978-3-319-70207-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Napoleon's Hundred Days and the Politics of Legitimacy
Editors
  • Katherine Astbury
  • Mark Philp
Series Title
War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-70208-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-70208-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-70207-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 288
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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