Napoleon’s Empire: European Politics in Global Perspective by Ute Planert

By Ute Planert

The Napoleonic Empire performed an important function in reshaping international landscapes and in realigning foreign strength buildings on a global scale. whilst Napoleon died, the map of many parts had thoroughly replaced, making room for Russia's ascendency and Britain's upward push to international strength.

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30 On the other side of the Atlantic, Napoleon not only strengthened his power in continental Europe but also revealed his intention of renouncing the French colonial empire, a shift in direction signaled by the sale of Louisiana in 1804. Loss of the colony, coming after that of Saint Domingue, tolled the knell for the French presence in the Americas. This was not the least paradoxical aspect of Napoleonic foreign policy. 31 Was he, as some authors have suggested, exchanging the Atlantic colonial empire for domination in the East?

Philip Dwyer (Harlow, 2001), 214–224. 7. See in particular Woolf, ‘Napoleon and Europe revisited’, 476. For Woolf the goal was ‘to go beyond the confines of national history’. 8. Europeans had already suffered from the wars waged by Louis XIV and from the French supremacy that ensued. Hence the blurring of the lines between the two traumas of Louis XIV and Napoleon, and their dream of a universal monarchy. A good bibliographic review of the earliest European writings in Geoffrey Ellis, Napoleon (London, 1997), 197–214.

R. James, The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution (London, 2001); Michael Duffy, Soldiers, Sugar and Seapower: The British Expeditions to the West Indies and the War against Revolutionary France (Oxford, 1987); David P. ), The Impact of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World (Columbia, 2001); Bessel et al. (eds), War, Empire and Slavery. 60. Katherine B. Aaslestad and Johan Joor, (eds), Revisiting Napoleon’s Continental System: Local, Regional and European Experiences (Basingstoke, 2014).

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