Alain Pillepich: Napoléon et les Italiens (Napoleon and the Italians)

2004pillepichItaliensWhile the extraordinary career of Napoleon Bonaparte unfolded, Italy was, in various forms and to varying degrees, occupied by the French armies. In its north-eastern part, a republic was formed from 1796. It became the Italian Republic of which Bonaparte was president, from 1802 to 1805 and the Kingdom of Italy of which Napoleon was the king from 1805 to 1814. How was this state born? How did it function? What were its institutions? How did its people behave towards the centralized power which was a new development for territories hitherto fragmented? What were the social and artistic consequences of this period in the history of Italy? The author, specialist of Napoleonic Italy, answers these questions in a brilliant synthetic work.
Paris : Editions of the Fondation Napoléon – Nouveau Monde Editions, 2004, Series Études, 226 pages. Language: French.

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