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عصر ناپلئون (The Story of Civilization #11)

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1. کتاب اوّل: انقلاب فرانسه
2. کتاب دوّم: اعتلای ناپُلِئون
3. کتاب سوّم: بریتانیا
4. کتاب چهارم: پادشاهان در گیر و دارِ ستیز
5. کتاب پنجم: پایان
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اسماعیل دولتشاهی: کتابهای اوّل، دوّم، چهارم و پنجم / علیاصغر بهرامبیگی: کتاب سوّم
سرویراستار: محمود مصاحب
ویراستار: محمود مصاحب، ابراهیم مُکَلّا
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Hardcover, 1247 pages
Published 1991 by سازمان انتشارات و آموزش انقلاب اسلامی (first published 1975)
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Jim
In this era of professional historians, who, in their haste to be seen as "scholarly oxen," focus in on narrower and narrower subjects, it is delightful to look back at Will and Ariel Durant's incredible The Story of Civilization. In eleven volumes, ending with this one, the two attempted to cover the history of Western Civilization from the beginnings to the death of Napoleon on St. Helena.

What I admire most about the Durants is their concentration on the cultural history of the era. Instead of
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Johnny
Some people say that Will and Ariel Durant’s magnum opus is dry. They say that this shotgun approach to civilization, known as The Story of Civilization, is too full of names, dates, and factoids, but not enough analysis and narrative. I that is one’s criterion for judging a book on history, the Durants have definitely fallen short in this best-selling series (nearly every member of the Book of the Month Club has a set) and my slow pilgrimage through this tome (across several months) would be te ...more
Builyyy
This book has had a profound effect on me. I read it in university for fun and I have to say it really changed the way I view history. Napoleon's life is one of a kind and stretches to the limit what a man can achieve in life. The Durant's really bring the time and people to life. It is exciting and riveting, tragic and triumphal.
Dovofthegalilee
After about two and a half years I finished the series with this volume. Phew, that was a job. I think I liked this final volume the best not because it was the last but it some how spoke to me more than all the others. Worst volume for me was the Reformation second best was the Oriental Heritage. You're surely in for an education if you read the whole series. Now with a small break it's off to Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
Buddy Don
Having completed reading this volume, I've read the entire collected work known as The Story of Civilization, and it ranks as one of the greatest reading experiences of my life. For anyone considering reading all or part of this wonderful set of books, here are some of the things I can say having finished:

1. There is no need to read the volumes in order. One might wish to know more about the Italian Renaissance, for instance, and do quite well to read volume V, The Renaissance, without having re
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Andrea
Classic Durant. Exhaustively detailed, delightfully opinionated. Read it in pieces and if you're feeling a bit sleepy, don't even bother.
Don Stanton
As student of history, I find that the Durant's book to be the defining standard in which all other histories of France and Napoleon must be judged. This history excels in the color and voice of France post Robespierre and guillotine against the backdrop of the French Revolution.

Having the opportunity to visit Bonaparte's Tomb and read for myself the flashes of history along with the tactile evidence of his life,( I especially liked sitting under the Arc de Triomphe and imagining all those right
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David Glad
Once again the Durants demonstrated what incredible and engaging writers they were.

The interesting points in this book was how Napoleon was seen by most of the Italian peoples as liberators. (Plus he was sparing with taxes on the general population while the wealthier may have felt a pinch. Granted could be the old idea of centralized tax gathering where it is thought it is much easier to squeeze the wealthier who in turn get a substantial amount of wealth from the overall population.)

Also notew
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James Violand
Jun 29, 2014 James Violand rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Shelves: own

This review applies to all Durant's History of Civilization. The author does not follow a strictly chronological approach, but emphasizes those events/personages that have developed our Western civilization. He tends to emphasize certain personalities - some of whom I take exception to - but he stresses those things which make Western man unique. The arts have a prominent place in developing our culture and Durant convinces the reader how important they are.
Keeko
I started my grand plan of reading this series a long time ago. I've wanted so much to learn about history, and reading their books was everything I hoped and much more. I like that they included so many lesser known people. They were kind and loved their work,and I'm glad I was able to read them. I would happily read 11 more of their books.

Brent Merrill
Obviously this is a book about Napoleon. I was struck and struggled through the 'Age' part as well. After having made it through to the Russian campaign I felt like I had finally done all those readings for Art Appreciation and Senior Philosophy. If you hate reading history I'd recommend this book specifically and the Authors w/o reservation. It is older so there isn't as much reservation against trying to philosophize history. The only reservation reasonable to have against doing so is if it is ...more
Boppi
This is a history of Europe from 1789 to1815. It is long on dates and short on story. It begins with the French revolution and one discovers just how bloody and insane that period was in France. Every faction of the political world and the church were jockeying for position and no ones head was very safe.
At on point the catholic church was baned in France and the possessions of that institution were confiscated.
This is basically a text book is works very well as a sedative if you have trouble ge
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RJ
Outstanding, as is every book in this series.
nicebutnubbly
Awesome general reference for the late 1700's-early 1800's in Europe. Not just military history, which is much easier to find, but notes on the culture and norms of the time, scientific advances, and the arts. Covers Britain AND France, and does a good job; it's a bit like Ferdinand Braudel's stuff, only concentratedon a much narrower time period and geographic area, so it can go much more in-depth. The political discussions are great. I'm reading it mostly for the chapters on Britain, but so fa ...more
taarak
One of my favorites of the series. So much miasma of caricature has come down through the ages that the true genius of this "son of the revolution" is oft overlooked. We shall probably not see his like in the ages to come for the conditions that would allow such a mind to burst forth - all action, bombast, and cool calculation - do not exist for the present. We should probably be thankful for this . . .
Barry Belmont
So it ends.
Linda
Sep 19, 2008 Linda added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history enthusiasts
Recommended to Linda by: Madison Public Library (TN)
Very thorough. Shamefully, I had very little knowledge of Napoleon and how he affected all of Europe. Several of the 19th century English novels I have read would reference the time, which led me to this book. I knew of the series from working at a library in the 70s (as a teen okay). The authors are occasionally delightful. I hope to read each of the other 10 volumes.
Al
As always, the Durant books are a great reference source and fascinating reading at the same time. In this, case I was continuing to read about the French Revolution so I only read the first 200 pages or so. The word monumental doesn't begin to describe the scope and scholarship of this series.
Dad


Great foundational series. I got the entire set at a local library sale for $20!! I don't always agree with some of his interpretations but he always makes one think. I started with this as I had just finished reading something about the peninsular war.
Erik Graff
Jul 15, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Westerners
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: history
The is the eleventh, and final (excepting the supplementary volume on historiography), volume of Will and Ariel Durant's Story of Civilization series, a volume which I understand was more the work of the younger Ariel than of her older husband.
Sarah
I read this at GWC my last semester and I'm reading sections of it again. Durant is an excellent resource when you want to remember what happened when and who did it.
Joni Beals
The first chapters are an in-depth description of the French Revolution. It's fun to compare the American Revolution to it.
Gregory
Great book, but doesn't quite match the eloquence and sheer poetic grandeur woven in Durant's "Life of Greece."
Eddy
Durant foi o ultimo dos historiadores com abrangencia total e entendivel pelo grande publico
Marts  (Thinker)
May 21, 2011 Marts (Thinker) marked it as shelved  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
The last of Will and Ariel Durant's eleven volume 'Story of Civilisation' series...
Kathy
quite an eye-opener to today as well as to the 19th century
Lois
Insights into our current political atmosphere
Spencer
Possibly the greatest volume in the entire set!
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William James Durant was a prolific American writer, historian, and philosopher. He is best known for the 11-volume The Story of Civilization, written in collaboration with his wife Ariel and published between 1935 and 1975. He was earlier noted for his book, The Story of Philosophy, written in 1926, which was considered "a groundbreaking work that helped to popularize philosophy."

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Other Books in the Series

The Story of Civilization (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Our Oriental Heritage (The Story of Civilization, #1)
  • The Life of Greece (The Story of Civilization, #2)
  • Caesar and Christ (Story of Civilization, #3)
  • The Age of Faith (Story of Civilization, Vol 4)
  • The Renaissance (The Story of Civilization, #5)
  • The Reformation (The Story of Civilization, #6)
  • The Age of Reason Begins (The Story of Civilization, #7)
  • The Age of Louis XIV (The Story of Civilization, #8)
  • The Age of Voltaire (The Story of Civilization, #9)
  • Rousseau and Revolution (The Story of Civilization, #10)
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“letter of farewell to Madame Élisabeth, asking her to transmit to her son and daughter the directions the King had left for them. “My son,” she wrote, “must never forget his father’s last words, which I expressly repeat to him: ‘Never seek to avenge my death.’ “60 The letter was not delivered to Madame Élisabeth; it was intercepted by Fouquier-Tinville, who gave it to Robespierre, among whose secret papers it was found after his death.” 0 likes
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