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Napoleon's integration of Europe / Stuart Woolf.

By: Woolf, S. J. (Stuart Joseph).
Material type: TextTextPublisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1991Description: ix, 319 p. : maps ; 22 cm.ISBN: 041504961X; 9780415049610.Report number: 90024135Subject(s): Europe -- History -- 1789-1815 | Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1769-1821 -- Relations with Europeans | Europe -- Relations -- France | France -- Relations -- Europe | Europe, 1715-1815DDC classification: 940.2/7 Other classification: 15.70 | NO 4200 | NO 4700 | 15.35
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D308 .W66 1991 (Browse shelf) Available 0000000775270

Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

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Woolf's book offers a unique opportunity to see an earlier example of European integration, the Napoleonic design of Europe. Conquest was the focal point and the prime norm of integration. Napoleonic conquest was realized through administrative integration and exploitation. Traditional political and administrative institutions in the Napoleonic territories gave way to the French model of "administration which was hierarchical and centralized." The attempt to establish uniformity was carried out through fiscal and legal reforms. But the exploitative economic and military practices of conquest notably, the Continental blockade of Britain, the imposition of conscription, and social privileges granted to the French military undermined the positive attempts of administrative integration. Responses to the Napoleonic order of conquest shattered the effort to establish an integrated Europe. Woolf concludes that the Napoleonic heritage spawned nationalism as a response to conquest, liberalism, and administrative modernization that "widened the gap of the properties and the propertyless." Chronology, from 1789-1821, notes, name and subject indexes. Graduate level.-C. A. Gliozzo, Michigan State University

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