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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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مترجمان
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
May 11, 2012 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: france, history
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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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Age of Napoleon (The Story Of Civilization #11), Will Durant
عنوان: تاریخ تمدن مجلد یازدهم عصر ناپلئون؛ نویسنده: ویل دورانت؛ مترجمها: اسماعیل دولتشاهی: کتابهای اوّل، دوّم، چهارم و پنجم ؛ علیاصغر بهرامبیگی: کتاب سوّم؛ سرویراستار: محمود مصاحب؛ ویراستار: ابراهیم مُکَلّا؛ تهران، سازمان انتشارات، 1370؛ در 1247 ص؛ موضوع: تاریخ تمدن قرن 20 م
فهرست: کتاب اوّل: انقلاب فرانسه؛ کتاب دوّم: اعتلای ناپُلِئون؛ کتاب سوّم: بریتانیا؛ کتاب چهارم: پادشاهان در گیر و دارِ ستیز؛ کتاب پنجم: پایان؛ •••؛
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Johnny
Aug 15, 2011 Johnny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
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
Aug 06, 2012 Builyyy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Buddy Don
Dec 04, 2014 Buddy Don rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
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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Dovofthegalilee
Mar 28, 2013 Dovofthegalilee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Andrea
Sep 07, 2013 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-history
Classic Durant. Exhaustively detailed, delightfully opinionated. Read it in pieces and if you're feeling a bit sleepy, don't even bother.
Rose Anderson
Dec 16, 2016 Rose Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A truly exhaustive biography about Napoleon and the effects he had throughout Europe in his lifetime.
Begins with the French Revolution, goes through Napoleon's actions but also covers the authors, musicians and philosophers throughout Europe.
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.)

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Don Stanton
Mar 15, 2011 Don Stanton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Subhav Bhatia
Sep 24, 2016 Subhav Bhatia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started well...dragged in the middle what with over 200 pages spent on detailing the lives of poets like Shelley,Byron etc....this was intolerably uninteresting. Maybe I am just not cultured for I like my Bukowski along with my Durant but GOD! it seemed like Mr.Durant had a crush on many of these poets...he just went on and on describing the poets' escapades,predilections,struggles,redemption and it was boring as fuck reading about em' because most of em' just seemed like spoiled brats to me.... ...more
Brent Merrill
Nov 12, 2013 Brent Merrill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 30, 2008 Boppi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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nicebutnubbly
Jun 05, 2007 nicebutnubbly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, academic
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
Jeff
Aug 13, 2015 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great stuff, as is all of the Durant's Story of Civilization. The thread here is, obviously, Napoleon, but you do get a good recap of the French Revolution. Also plenty of good stuff on England and other European powers, notable scientists, authors, and artists of the age. 100% about Europe, so don't expect to find any information on what was happening in the Americas during this period. And you'll have to go elsewhere for blow-by-blow descriptions of battles. It's all about describing Napoleon' ...more
Tom
May 03, 2016 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This last volume of the Durant's legendary life work is as varied and encyclopedic as all the others...and as erudite. The writing is both lovely and enticing, if you don't mind a few SAT vocabulary terms to keep you on your toes, and this truly IS the "story of civilization", including topics from art, to battle, to philosophy, to music, to diplomacy, to...well, if you're interested in these monumental works you know you enjoy huge, intellectual feasts...so...enjoy!
Jane Mendelsohn
Feb 07, 2017 Jane Mendelsohn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved reading about Napoleon. Reading these Durant books has filled in all the history that was not taught when I was in High School.
Bill V
Apr 06, 2016 Bill V rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book offers very good coverage on what happened during the time of Napoleon. It covers not only Napoleon himself but other leading figures as well, many of whom were poets, artists, philosophers, etc. Regarding Napoleon himself, the book covers not only his military exploits but also his administrative and political reforms. My biggest criticism is that the book spent too many pages discussing various English writers, including their personal lives.
taarak
Nov 18, 2009 taarak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 . . .
James Violand
Jun 29, 2014 James Violand rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Al
Mar 07, 2014 Al rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Keeko
Dec 12, 2014 Keeko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Alan
Aug 23, 2016 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last of the 11 book series. A truly remarkable achievement considering the range of the topics. At times it can seem like reading a textbook but that is inherent in a comprehensive history. Not heavy on method or analysis but wisdom comes through on almost every page.
Dad
Jul 30, 2012 Dad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


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 really liked it  ·  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.
Daniel
Jan 17, 2008 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very, very good!
Pejman Shojaeion
از مجموعه تاريخ تمدن ويل دورانت
Spencer
Oct 07, 2013 Spencer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Possibly the greatest volume in the entire set!
Barry Belmont
Jul 08, 2015 Barry Belmont rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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